11 thoughts on “Trump cancels overflow crowd address due to NO turnout

  1. Boomer says:

    President Donald Trump didn’t fill his rally arena to the more than 19,000-person capacity Saturday night, despite bragging about 1 million RSVP’s to his Tulsa, Oklahoma, return to the campaign trail.
    Many of those who asked for tickets may have been trolling the President — in a stunt organized mainly through the social media platform TikTok. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/21/politics/tiktok-trump-tulsa-rally/index.html
    A Trump campaign official pushed back on the suggestion such posts played a role in the turnout, telling CNN, “We had legitimate 300k signups of Republicans who voted in the last four elections. Those are not [TikTok] kids. It was fear of violent protests. This is obvious with the lack of families and children at the rally. We normally have thousands of families.”
    While the TikTok effort seems to have overwhelmingly involved teens and other young people, Mary Jo Laupp, a 51-year-old grandmother living in Fort Dodge, Iowa, appears to have played a central role in encouraging people to go to Trump’s website, register to attend the event — and not attend.
    …One video, with more than a quarter of a million views, called on fans of South Korean pop music in particular to join the trolling campaign. Fans of the music, which is known as K-pop, are a force on social media — they posted over 6 billion tweets last year alone. And they have a history of taking action for social justice causes.
    Earlier this month, K-pop fans rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, drowning out “White Lives Matter” and other anti-Black hashtags.”
    Last year the US intelligence community was urged by lawmakers to assess the national security risks of TikTok and other Chinese-owned platforms. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/tech/tiktok-national-security/index.html

  2. Cease & Desist says:

    “The family of the late American rock legend Tom Petty has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Trump campaign after it blasted the song “I Won’t Back Down” at the president’s rally in Tulsa, Okla.” https://www.npr.org/2020/06/21/881444533/tom-pettys-family-doesn-t-want-trump-using-his-music-for-a-campaign-of-hate
    “In a statement posted to Petty’s Twitter account on Saturday, the family said the use of the song was “in no way authorized.” https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbAIbp-U8AAfw0k?format=jpg
    “Politicians and campaigns in the U.S. are typically free to use any music they choose for rallies as long as they pay for the rights. But numerous artists have asked Trump not to use their music, including Neil Young, Adele, Guns N’ Roses, Pharrell, Earth, Wind & Fire, Queen, REM’s Michael Stipe, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.”

  3. Judas goat says:

    Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a person familiar with the set-up https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/workers-removed-thousands-of-social-distancing-stickers-before-trumps-tulsa-rally-according-to-video-and-a-person-familiar-with-the-set-up/2020/06/27/f429c3be-b801-11ea-9b0f-c797548c1154_story.html
    Video appears to show Trump campaign removing social-distancing stickers in Tulsa : Washington Post shares clip of volunteers apparently pulling stickers saying ‘do not sit here’ from seats in BOK Center https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/27/trump-campaign-stickers-social-distancing-tulsa-video
    The story was originally reported in Billboard magazine, which said thousands of the stickers were removed. Billboard quoted Doug Thornton – a senior executive at the firm that owns the BOK Center – as saying: “They also told us that they didn’t want any signs posted saying we should social distance in the venue.” (see https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/politics/9409901/trump-tulsa-rally-removed-coronavirus-distance-stickers )
    Trump’s Tulsa rally was held as coronavirus cases were rising in Oklahoma and sparked widespread condemnation from local health officials, as well as the president’s critics.

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