The Trump 2020 campaign abruptly abandoned its online registrations for its Tuesday rally in Phoenix, Arizona after alleged sabotage on Saturday.
A sign up form for the “Students for Trump” rally had been active on the campaign website until Monday when it was suddenly taken down. It was replaced by a notice asking Trump supporters to just turn up to the venue instead.
This move follows the President’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday in which the campaign had boasted that one million people had registered interested in the event, but only 6,200 supporters turned up on the day.
It was reported that hundreds of teenagers on Tik Tok and K-Pop fans said they reserved tickets for the rally with no plans to show up as part of a social media trolling stunt.
This is what happened tonight. I’m dead serious when I say this. The teens of America have struck a savage blow against @realDonaldTrump. All across America teens ordered tickets to this event. The fools on the campaign bragged about a million tickets. lol. @ProjectLincoln.— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 20, 2020
Another reason for the low turnout is likely due to coronavirus fears, as shortly before the rally six members of the Trump campaign had tested positive.
The President was reportedly furious at the low turnout and his campaign blamed protestors, coronavirus fears and the media for the small number of attendees.
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale told CNN news on Sunday that these “leftists and trolls” don’t know what they’re talking about or how Trump rallies work.
However it has been reported, officials have privately admitted that the mischievous teenagers may have falsely inflated the number of sign-ups.
According to reports, marketing experts have said that the removal of the online registration form is a sign that the spamming is continuing and that this could cost the Trump campaign massive amounts in donations as instead of building up a list of rally attendees, the database has been flooded with spam accounts.
According to social media the trolling campaign had continued for the event in Phoenix.
Dear K-Pop stans and TikTok Zoomers, here is how you can apply for Trump’s upcoming Phoenix Arizona event.— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 21, 2020
Pass it on!https://t.co/z4gKTNU7ou
It sure would be a shame if a million or so TikTok and K Pop kids registered for this event with no intention of attending. https://t.co/SwHQQNBoq0— Mike Lastort (@MikeLastort) June 22, 2020
The Phoenix event is set to be held at Dream City Church and is the second rally of the Trump campaign trail since coronavirus lockdown.