After President Trump's Saturday "comeback" rally in Tulsa resulted in surprisingly low attendance, myriad teens on social media app TikTok are claiming victory by way of a viral prank in which the young Trump foes reserved tickets to the event — potentially hundreds of thousands of them — with no intention of attending.
TikTok videos with millions of views show influencers reserving tickets to the rally and instructing viewers to do the same.
YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26, who participated in the viral campaign, said:
"It spread mostly through Alt TikTok — we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism. K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.
The majority of people who made them deleted them after the first day because we didn't want the Trump campaign to catch wind. These kids are smart and they thought of everything."