If a republican congresswoman organized and championed a secret campaign to distort the number of people who could get access to an event by a democrat… it’s likely that the media and other liberal politicians would be calling for a massive investigation.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), known as “AOC,” openly cheered reports of teenagers and Korean pop music fans using the Chinese-owned app TikTok to sign up for President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and inflate RSVP numbers.
TikTok, which is popular among teenagers around the world, is considered such a security threat by the U.S. military that soldiers and sailors are banned from using it on government-issued phones. In October, Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asked the U.S. intelligence community to investigate the app.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) also published a report on Wednesday that suggested that TikTok was boosting the views of certain videos where users flattered Chinese President and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping.
Nonetheless, Ocasio-Cortez bragged on Twitter Saturday night that “teens” and “KPop allies” used the app to purposely inflate Trump’s rally RSVPs. “KPop” is a reference to South Korean pop music. It is not clear who these alleged music fans or “allies” are.
KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too 😌
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020
TikTok is owned by Beijing-based company Bytedance Ltd. National security laws passed in recent years in China allow for the Communist-controlled authoritarian government to access any data that Chinese companies obtain.
WSJ reported that Cotton and Schumer were concerned that the Chinese government was censoring content, and media reports have alleged that the app was removing videos that were “politically sensitive” in China.
Two people interviewed by the WSJ claimed that videos where they praised Xi had an uptick in views.
One, a 23-year-old Texas songwriter named TJ Asaday, said his account skyrocketed from 2,000 fans to over 90,000 after he made a 13-second video in April calling Xi “my president.”
“I’d never seen any type of growth on my page until I made that joking video,” he said.
On Sunday, CNN interviewed a grandmother named Mary Jo Laupp who claimed that she started the campaign for fake RSVPs on TikTok witjh a video late Thursday night, and it was viral by Friday morning. She is a former Pete Buttigieg campaign volunteer.
CNN’s Brian Stelter talks to the woman who organized the TikTok effort to distort expected turnout to the Tulsa rally: pic.twitter.com/dXpBTWid7R
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 21, 2020
Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale on Sunday berated the media for savaging the campaign’s small crowd size in Tulsa on Saturday, despite boasting a million campaign ticket requests beforehand.
“For the media to now celebrate the fear that they helped create is disgusting but typical,” Parscale wrote in a lengthy statement to reporters. “And it makes us wonder why we bother credentialing media for events when they don’t do their full jobs as professionals.”
Corporate media organizations had a field day after only about 6,000 supporters attended President Trump’s rally, failing to fill the BOK Center stadium and left the planned overflow areas empty.
Parscale blamed the media’s negative reporting before the rally for the small crowds, criticizing them for stoking coronavirus fears and reports of possible protests and riots.
“The fact is that a week’s worth of the fake news media warning people away from the rally because of COVID and protestors, coupled with recent images of American cities on fire, had a real impact on people bringing their families and children to the rally,” he wrote.
Parscale also expressed frustration with reporters who “wrote gleefully” about the TikTok and K-Pop fans who artificially boosted the number of sign-ups for Trump’s rally in Tulsa on Saturday.
“Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don’t know what they’re talking about or how our rallies work,” he said.
Parscale insisted that the campaign weeded out tens of thousands of fake registrations that were not part of their planning.
“What makes this lame attempt at hacking our events even more foolish is the fact that every rally is general admission – entry is on a first-come-first-served basis and prior registration is not required,” he said.
But, the real issue here is election interference.
This is something that democrats must rely on, given the fact that they can’t win honestly, many expert argue.