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A significant number of teenagers and K-pop fans used China-owned social media platform TikTok to coordinate placing fake ticket reservations for President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, drawing support from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the blue-check Twitter brigade.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered on the teens who deliberately interfered in a presidential campaign, by tweeting: "Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud."
The effort to drive zoomers into making fake registrations was spearheaded by Mary Jo Laupp, a former staffer on Pete Buttigieg's failed presidential campaign. It was hardly organic.
The Twitter user @HKrassenstein, suspected to be one or both of the Krassenstein reply guys who flooded Trump's tweets with replies, tweeted out in support of the effort: "To all of the amazing TikTok Zoomers and KPop stans who amazingly trolled Trump by reserving almost 1 million tickets to his #TulsaRally, many of you may be too young to vote, but you can make a huge impact in the 2020 election. Please continue your social influence. We love you!"
New York Times journalist C.J. Chivers was another who took to Twitter early Saturday evening, tweeting: "i have three teenagers. two of them have a pair of tix each to @realDonaldTrump’s rally in tulsa; they registered to spoof POTUS & his campaign. one of them is sitting at dinner now, laughing and saying teens around the united states fooled the man."
Many in the political arena have sunk to new lows by not only disrupting a political opponent's rallies with fake registrations to reduce turnout, but by then proceeding to follow it up with violence outside the rally in an effort to discourage supporters from showing up to the polls.
Tom Fitton responded to Ocasio-Cortez's tweet with a tweet of his own: "Leftist congressman promotes massive fraud tied to presidential campaign event -- through an app controlled by the Chinese communist government?"
What's more is that TikTok was created and is operated by a company located in China, which faces accusations of interfering with elections in the US.
Some of these same TikTokers have been among those who support the destruction and mayhem that have cropped up in major cities across the US, involving crimes such as vandalism, burglary, arson, assault, and murder.