Trump furiously declared rally was ‘biggest f***ing mistake’ after TikTok prank left seats unoccupied
Former President Trump was outraged when TikTokers played a prank on him that left thousands of empty seats at his Oklahoma rally, calling the event the “biggest f***ing mistake.”
“I should never have done that damn, damn rally,” Trump said at a July 2020 Oval Office meeting after the rally, according to “Peril,” an upcoming narrator of the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
The book also claims that Trump called Brad Parscale a “f***ing idiot.” A month later, he fired the campaign manager. The Oklahoma excerpt was first reported by: insider.
The June 8, 2020 rally was said to mark the former president’s post-Covid comeback on the campaign trail, but ran out of seats after TikTokers and K-pop fans claimed to have reserved hundreds of tickets with no intention of showing up.
Michael Wolff’s ‘Landslide’ previously reported a similar Oval Office tantrum from Trump after the rally, which Parcale denied.
‘How can you be so stupid? Answer it!” Trump told Parscale, according to Wolff’s book.
“The excerpts from Wolfe’s Trump book are complete bulls***. No one yelled at me about Tulsa. My company has helped build crowds for Trump rallies for 6 years. We helped build crowds for more than 600 rallies, including the last two rallies,” Parscale wrote on Twitter.
“I should never have done that damn, damn rally,” Trump said at a July 2020 Oval Office meeting after the rally, according to “Peril”
The June 8, 2020 rally would be the former president’s post-Covid comeback on the campaign trail, but was filled with empty seats
Trump campaign blamed ‘fake news media’ for ‘warning people away from rally’ about COVID-19
In the hours leading up to the event, the crowd appeared significantly lighter than expected at the 19,000-seat BOK Center, and campaign officials scrapped plans for Trump to tackle an overflow space first. Tulsa officials said only 6,200 people attended.
Trump’s campaign later privately admitted that as many as 300,000 of the people who signed up for the event were online impostors. Anyone, anywhere, could request a ticket via the campaign’s website.
Parscale had raised high expectations, tweeting the week before, “Over 1 million ticket applications for the @realDonaldTrump #MAGA Rally in Tulsa on Saturday.”
The Trump campaign blamed the “fake news media” for “warning people away from the rally” about COVID-19 and protests against racial injustice across the country.
Ahead of the rally, Tulsa health officials warned there could be a spike in COVID cases — several Trump campaign staff members had to be quarantined afterward due to potential exposure.
Also, the rally’s original date was changed after organizers scheduled it the same day as the Tulsa Race Massacre, the 1921 event when mobs of white Tulsans attacked an affluent black neighborhood and destroyed businesses.
Parscale tweeted after the rally: “Radical protesters, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media attention, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters during the rally.”
“They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering. Thanks to the 1000’ers who made it anyway!’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., praised the Zoomers and K-pop allies involved in booking tickets.
“Basically you were just SHADE by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign with fake ticket reservations and made you believe a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID Shout out to Zoomers . You make me so proud,” she answered Parscale.
She added: “KPop allies, we also see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice.”
Zoomer is a nickname for a member of Generation Z.
Political strategist Steve Schmidt, an outspoken critic of Trump, tweeted after the act: “My 16-year-old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You were rolled by the teenagers of America.
@realDonaldTrump you have been let down by your team. You have been abandoned by your believers. Nobody likes to support the losing team.’
He added: “This is what happened tonight. I’m dead serious when I say this. America’s teens have dealt a hard blow to @realDonaldTrump. Teens all over America ordered tickets for this event. The fools of the campaign boasted of a million tickets. LOL.’
Dozens of other parents shared similar stories from their own teenage years on Twitter.
Roberto Quinlan tweeted Saturday night: “So my teenage daughter, who has Snapchat and TikTok accounts, came in and said to me, ‘Did it work? Did the teens get all the tickets to the Trump rally?” She’s been aware of this all week and I just learned about this an hour ago…’
Political scientist Alyssa R. Williams wrote, “My 17-year-old daughter and friends did the same. I thought she was joking about how many teenagers were on board. Astonishing!’
Teresa Moore replied, “It wasn’t just teenagers. I’m 60 and have 300 tickets. And I’m a Democrat in Oklahoma.”