I tend to avoid writing about socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) because I find her intensely off-putting on any number of levels. But her bizarre victory dance over the questionable claim that TikTok users sabotaged President Trump’s Tulsa rally seems worth addressing.

I did initially find it odd that there were so many empty seats at the rally, and I was a bit concerned about it until, that is, AOC and her ilk began their bragging about cratering attendance with a ticket claim scheme.

So AOC is celebrating foreign election interference now?

Not only did people likely stay away due to the media returning to their Wuhan coronavirus fear-mongering and genuine concerns about violent leftist rioters showing up, but add in the forecast of “torrential thunderstorms in 95-degree heat.”

I’m not sure how many Trump supporters felt that their presence would add that much given the touted expected turnout of a million people.

According to reports, there was a social media campaign to bloat the ticket claims in the hopes of damaging rally attendance and thereby damaging or embarrassing Trump.

Bloomberg reports:

U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday hosted a fraction of the expected supporters. Some of the no-shows may have been teenagers who decided to RSVP with no intention of attending.

Over the past few days, people who oppose Trump organized efforts on social-media apps TikTok, Instagram and Twitter to sign up for the rally, sometimes with fake names or burner email accounts. The message spread among teens, especially fans of Korean pop music, who have pivoted their networks to political causes recently.

. . . .  It’s impossible to know how many of the no-shows at the rally can be attributed to the viral effort. Trump boasted nearly 1 million signups, far beyond the capacity of the Bank of Oklahoma Center, which has 19,000 seats. The president was planning to address overflow crowds at a stage outside the arena, but there was no need. Only a few thousand people showed up — an outcome the campaign attributed to “radical protesters, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage,” according to a tweet by Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager.

Still, online, the opposition declared victory. “My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets,” Steve Schmidt, a political strategist who worked for President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, wrote on Twitter. “You have been rolled by America’s teens.” Other parents’ posts also made similar claims.

. . . . It wasn’t just young people. Mary Jo Laupp, who calls herself a TikTok Grandma, said the rally was “a slap in the face to the Black community.” She told followers the campaign was offering two free tickets per cell phone number, and advised people to sign up and then just reply “STOP” to the text messages. Her post was liked 704,500 times and shared 135,000 times.

The Trump campaign is pushing back against this narrative.

Byron York noted that the left’s giddiness at their campaign sabotage will be short-lived.  Turnabout, after all, is deemed fair play by many people.

Further, this gleeful response from the left will only serve to help the president, a fact noted by leftist Michael Moore.

“Don’t get all smug laughing at these Bubbas in Tulsa today & snickering over how many of them are going to come down with Covid-19,” wrote Moore in an Instagram caption on Saturday. “They live, eat and breathe Trump — and none of us do that with Joe Biden. We’re counting on Hatred of Trump – not love of Biden – to win the day. Is that how you really think — hate beats love? Like, the more we ply our neighbor’s hatred of Trump, that’s the ticket to win?”

“Because deep down we know there’s no massive, intense love of Joe Biden,” admitted Moore, who predicted in July 2016 that Donald Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton.

“They started lining up on Tues in Tulsa for Trump’s rally today. 100,000 are expected!” said Moore. “Trump has lost none of his base and they are more rabid than ever. Sleeping on the sidewalk for five nights just to get in to see Trump? THAT is commitment.”

“Do not take Trump for granted. Don’t think he can’t win. Don’t get all cocky telling everyone there’s no way he’s winning the White House because, frankly, you sound a lot like yourself four years ago,” Moore warned his followers.

“I have a question I want you to answer, and I ask you to answer me honestly: ‘How many people would line up for five days just to hear Joe Biden talk?’ 12? 5? None?” inquired Moore.

. . . . Moore added that “the candidate who inspires the most people in the swing states to excitedly get to the polls” is the one who wins the White House.

Whatever the reports from the anti-Trump media, it appears that the people at the rally were inspired, excited, and enthusiastic.

Meanwhile, Fox & Friends blasted AOC for bragging about the TikTok campaign to skew attendance expectations.

I have to admit I am curious to see what happens with her primary on Tuesday.

 

 
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