‘They Don’t Know What They’re Talking About’: Trump Campaign Manager Addresses Allegations Trump Rally Was Trolled

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The Trump campaign rejected a claim alleging that President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma was trolled by an army of TikTok users.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale denied the allegation that most of the rally registrations were fake a statement Sunday and attacked the media for pushing the story, according to Politico

“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,” said Parscale, according to Politico. (RELATED: Six Trump Staffers Test Positive For Coronavirus At Tulsa Rally)

Users of the social media platform TikTok coordinated an effort to get people who didn’t intend on going to the event to sign up for it, CNN reported. One TikTok post urging K-pop fans to sign up for the rally received over 100,000 likes. 

“All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage,” Mary Jo Laupp, a 51-year-old Iowa grandmother, said in a TikTok video posted two weeks ago.

Laupp’s video encouraging people to register for free tickets to the rally has garnered over 2 million views.

The upper section of the arena is seen partially empty as US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

The upper section of the arena is seen partially empty as US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the BOK Center on June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

The Trump campaign weeds out “phony ticket requests” at every rally and did so for the Tulsa rally, according to Parscale. He mentioned that the campaign identified tens of thousands of bogus requests.

News outlets who reported on the attempted troll “behaved unprofessionally and were willing dupes to the charade,” said Parscale according to Politico.

CNN, The New York Times, NBC News, and The Guardian were among the outlets to first report the alleged troll of the rally.

Trump’s rally had lower attendance than originally expected. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence canceled planned speeches to an overflow crowd because of the low turnout.

Trump claimed that nearly a million people registered for the event last Monday. However, just 6,200 attended the rally, according to Tulsa Fire Department said, The New York Times reported.

The Trump campaign blamed the media’s negative coverage of the event and protesters for the low attendance. 

“Radical protesters, coupled with a relentless onslaught from the media, attempted to frighten off the President’s supporters. We are proud of the thousands who stuck it out,” campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.

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