The expectations built up around Trump’s first post-COVID rally and the attendance were not quite a match. Both sides had their own explanations for why.
When the rumors were that potentially ‘hundreds of thousands’ had expressed interest in the rally, the Media had cranked up their panic and shame machines to max capacity. This event will be spreading the virus, and potentially Killing Grandma. It was wildly irresponsible, they told us to have a political rally that was NOT BLM-related. (They obviously fell short of giving that reason, but their reasoning for supporting one while denouncing the other was transparently political.
They also published reports that groups were being bussed in to antagonize and oppose the Trump rally. Having seen what ‘protesters’ look like these days, and the damage they have been known to wreak on neighborhoods, this created a sense of unknown danger.
On the site itself, there were reports of people being turned away because the thermometers were not functioning properly. These factors, plus anecdotal reports of long lines and people camping overnight causing even those who wanted to go to stay way. They didn’t think they would have made it in… so they didn’t try.
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When the actual numbers of attendees filled the lower bowl, but not the upper seats, AOC and others immediately started crowing and taking credit for the low turnout.
Brad Parscale mentioned some of the factors contributing to the empty seats, including people blocking access to the metal detectors. That didn’t stop AOC from crowing in response. She figures she knows what REALLY happened.
The scheme to reserve tickets without using them went viral. And K-Pop (a Korean music genre) helped it hit trending. This is the video that seems to have gotten it all started.
Mary Jo Laupp, a grandma who worked on Buttigieg’s campaign, seems to be the one who first encouraged TikTok users to troll Trump's campaign.
— Joshua Zitser (@mrjoshz) June 20, 2020
The TikTok platform is owned by China’s Communist Government, and it’s generally assumed that any information on that platform is also being collected by Xi’s underlings.
Isn’t it great that musicians from a Korean music genre were using a compromised Chinese Social Media platform to influence US elections to the tune of Millions of Views?
This is the same party that still makes Putin references over a few thousand dollars worth of Facebook Ads, when our own government had evidence that Putin preferred Hillary.
Did these TikTokkers do as much harm as AOC imagined they had done?
According to the campaign, not so much. They weed out bogus numbers.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 21, 2020
What good does all that gloating do if Trump still got the message out, with millions of viewers?
President Trump’s first reelection rally since the pandemic hit the USA was seen by at least 4 million, according to his PR committee. Tim Murtaugh, the Director of Communications for Trump’s reelection campaign mentioned that “President Trump’s rally in Tulsa attracted over 4 million unique viewers across all of the campaign’s digital media channels. The live-streamed pre-rally shows drew an audience of more than 2.5 million unique viewers by themselves.”
Post this, Murtaugh took a slight dig at the media.
“The news media, which encouraged protestors and bombarded Americans for more than a week with dire warnings against attending a Trump rally, are still unable to prevent President Trump from reaching the people,” said Murtaugh. Despite the BLM outrage that was sweeping through the nation, there were still quite a few supporters of Trump who were dedicated enough to brave everything and attend. —TAReporter
The only metric that will REALLY matter will be the results come November.