On the days leading up to the Trik Saturday Saturday rally, a coordinated effort was made on TikTok and encouraged people to sign up and not appear online for the free event. TikTok is normally considered as a platform for young people to dance, not necessarily political action.
A Trump campaign official, in a statement to CNN, pushed back the suggestion that these articles played a role in participation. “We had 300,000 Republican legitimate records that voted in the last four elections. These are [TikTok] children. I was afraid of violent protests. It is open with the lack of families and children at this rally. We normally have thousands of families. “
While TikTok’s efforts may seem overwhelmingly of interest to young people and other young people, a 51-year-old grandmother, Mary Jo Laupp, who lives in Fort Dodge in Iowa, seems to have played a central role in encouraging people to go to Trump’s website, sign up. attending the event – and not attending.
And then, besides choreographed dances, comedy courage and schoolyard jokes, her grandmother’s request was a challenge in her own right. Inspirational users have begun to broadcast videos showing that they are also registering for the event. Similar posts on Instagram and Twitter speeded up thousands of likes.
A video with over four million views called South Korean pop music fans in particular to join the troll campaign. Fans of music known as K-pop are a force on social media – they just posted over 6 billion tweets last year. And they have a history of action for social justice cases.
Earlier this month, K-pop fans gathered around the Black Lives Matter movement, strangling “Lives Matter” and other anti-Black hashtags.
Laupp said that Mayor Pete Buttigieg was working in former South Bend, Indiana during his campaign in Iowa last autumn, and told CNN that he made the first appeal when the rally celebrated the end of slavery in June 19th. In the United States.
The Trump campaign rejected this effort last week. Erin Perrine, deputy communications manager for the Trump campaign, told CNN on Tuesday, “The leftists do this all the time. They think they are registering for tickets that will leave empty seats. This is not the case. Always asking for more tickets. It gives us access to all their contact information.”
Owned by a Chinese company, TikTok previously attracted the attention of US lawmakers.