We never thought we'd see the day that K-pop fans left Trump and his supporters red-faced but here we are.
On Saturday, the president held his first rally since the coronavirus lockdown began and it wasn't the crowning moment that Trump would have hoped for as just over 6,000 supporters turned up to the almost 20,000 capacity arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Reports soon started to circulate that the free event had been sabotaged by online pranksters, mostly teenagers, who had managed to obtain tickets but had no intention of going. There were also suggestions that it had been part of the ongoing activism of K-pop fans who have been ironically hijacking racist hashtags and sharing pictures of their favourite stars in order to render the racist messaging pointless.
Trump's campaign team, which claimed to have received one million requests for tickets, has since denied that their ticketing system was hacked. In a statement released on Trump's website, campaign manager Brad Parscale said:
Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work. Reporters who wrote gleefully about TikTok and K-Pop fans - without contacting the campaign for comment - behaved unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade.
Registering for a rally means you’ve RSVP'd with a cell phone number and we constantly weed out bogus numbers, as we did with tens of thousands at the Tulsa rally, in calculating our possible attendee pool. These phony ticket requests never factor into our thinking. What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission - entry is on a first-come-first-served basis and prior registration is not required.
Parscale went on to blame 'fake news' warning people to stay away from the event because of coronavirus and fear of protests kept people from bringing their children and family along, which might have boosted the attendance a little but we could only speculate on how big an increase that would have been.
Regardless this narrative of the rally being a bust because of teenagers doesn't seem to be going away and even Fox News, Trump's favourite network, had reported on it.
Unfortunately, in an embarrassing moment on Fox and Friends, a show that Trump has appeared on many times, host Steve Doocy said that "fans of the group K-pop" had reportedly sabotaged the event.
Although Doocy is 63, we'd hardly expect him to know what K-pop is but you would have thought that one of his producers would have told him that it's not a single group but an entire genre that is currently very, very popular worldwide thanks to the success of acts like BTS and Blackpink.
Doocy's slip-up soon saw him mocked online with more than the odd 'OK boomer' comment thrown in there for good measure.
Regardless of what Trump and his supporters say we pretty sure that this won't be the last time that K-pop fans try to get one over on the president.