Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma was not quite the crowning achievement of the pandemic that he had hoped.
The president ranted a raved for nearly two hours about all manner of subjects but didn't say anything new or revelatory in that time, making it a potential waste of time for everyone involved.
Perhaps the most embarrassing thing of the entire event was the relatively small turn out at the Bok Centre which has a capacity of just under 20,000.
In the weeks leading up to the event both Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale and his press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Trump himself had bragged that they had received more than one million requests for tickets.
One MILLION ticket requests for President @realDonaldTrump’s rally on Saturday‼️
Parscale has since attempted to push back on the embarrassing crowd size by trying to point out that there were no families or children at the event who would have been deterred away by protesters outside the building.
To make matters worse, this was a free rally so there would have been an even greater incentive for people to show up. However, suggestions have begun to float around social media that Trump's team were fooled by teenagers on TikTok and K-pop fans who were mocking the president by reserving tickets for themselves but had no intention of turning up.
Joy: Everyone is shocked.. This was an easy setup for Brad Parscale... They completely messed it up. Brad Parscale… https://t.co/c3Oi8lT4GQ
CNN reports that TikTok user Mary Jo Laupp started this campaign after she posted a video encouraging people to get tickets and leave Trump alone in the arena. Images and videos have since appeared online from teenagers who claimed to have had tickets to the rally confirmed with no intention of actually attending.
oh no! I just reserved my tickets for 45’s rally on JUNETEENTH in TULSA and completely forgot that I have to mop my… https://t.co/gWFJDv2Thb