Members of Generation Z are claiming on social media that the “Zoomers” are at least partially responsible for a number of empty seats at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night.

As part of a campaign organized on social media, they reserved masses of tickets to the rally that they had no intention of using.

The rally-busting movement involved young TikTok users and K-Pop fans around the nation, according to the prank participants who posted their (unused) ticket confirmations or commented (and celebrated) online after the rally.

@eggzabeth

##greenscreenvideo IT WORKED ✨🤪🧚🏼‍♀️ ##trump ##trumprally

♬ original sound – eggzabeth @emilysdcp

GO REGISTER! And don’t forget to not show up! Take those seats away! ##trump ##trump2020 ##2020 ##trumprally ##republican ##tulsa JK ##blm ##lgbt ##voteblue

♬ original sound – vividdreamergirl @sawyermcd

Tik tok really did that! A million wasted tickets hahahah ##trumpresign ##fyp ##blm ##joebiden ##trumprally ##tulsa ##okboomer ##bye ##Summer2020 ##xyzbca ##fypp

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Political strategist Steve Schmidt boasted on Twitter that his daughter and her friends in Park City, Utah, signed up for “hundreds” of free tickets to the rally they had absolutely no intention of attending. “You have been rolled by America’s teens,” Schmidt mocked Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale in a tweet.

My 16 year old daughter and her friends in Park City Utah have hundreds of tickets. You have been rolled by America’s teens. @realDonaldTrump you have been failed by your team. You have been deserted by your faithful. No one likes to root for the losing team. @ProjectLincoln https://t.co/VM5elZ57Qp

— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) June 20, 2020

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

Others responded to Schmidt’s tweets, saying they or their kids had also made fake ticket reservations.

Omg my 13 year old told me about teens getting tickets to keep the stands empty. Man do I love this generation! I am finally getting optimistic about our future.

— BeMerrie (@F2FNetwork) June 20, 2020

My 3 cats each have tickets 👍🏻

— ℍ𝕆𝕃𝕐 𝕊ℂℍℕ𝕀𝕂𝔼𝕊 🏳️‍🌈 (@aWomanResisting) June 20, 2020

The movement appears to have been launched by Mary Jo Laupp, a 51-year-old teacher from Iowa, who had worked on Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, CNN reported. She explained her idea in a TikTok video that had 700,000 likes by late Saturday.

@maryjolaupp

Did you know you can make sure there are empty seats at Trump’s rally? ##BLM.

♬ original sound – maryjolaupp

On Saturday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted at Parscale, saying he got “ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign” with fake reservations. The congresswoman also hailed “K-Pop allies,” saying: “We see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice, too.”

She added a “shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud.”

Actually you just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVIDShout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud. ☺️ https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020

KPop allies, we see and appreciate your contributions in the fight for justice too 😌

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020

Trump’s campaign had heard of the plot, but may have misjudged its reach. Erin Perrine, principle deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, told CNN last week it was no big concern.

“Leftists do this all the time,” she said. “They think if they sign up for tickets that will leave empty seats. Not the case at all. Always way more ticket requests than seats available at a rally. All they are doing is giving us access to their contact information.”

Usually, tickets aren’t required for campaign rallies, the campaign told CNN. But the situation was different for the Tulsa event, because reservations included a legal disclaimer that participants wouldn’t sue Trump or the campaign if they contracted COVID-19 at the rally. And without a reservation, there would be no legal waiver for attendees to agree to beforehand.

When videos from the event showed huge swathes of empty blue seats at the BOK Center where Trump spoke, which holds 19,000 people, TikTok users were thrilled.

“What did you guys do?” a stunned Laupp asked in a video Saturday after seeing the empty seats. “Like, seriously? Are you kidding me right now?”

@maryjolaupp

##TikTokGrandma ##SpeakUp THANK YOU!!!!!

♬ original sound – maryjolaupp @jilljillsiwa

Reply to @mopedrespecter gen Z and the Kpop army killed it… let’s keep it up! ##genz ##kpop ##ARMY ##generationz ##trumprally ##tulsa ##aoc ##vote ##voteblue

♬ We Did It! – Dora The Explorer @baby.witch.hours

##duet with @orphan_since2017 Awe I’m totally sooo sad 😔😔 ##trump ##makeamericagreatagain ##jkfucktrump ##dumptrump ##trump2020 ##trumprally ##fyp ##foryoupa

♬ DONT DO THIS ALL IT DOES IS HELP TRUMP SORRY – orphan_since2017 @simonechalamet

##greenscreen speaks for itself dunnit ##fyp ##trump ##trumprally ##tulsa

♬ original sound – emann_hh @whitepapercupp

I think I’m gonna be sick on this day 😔✋✨ google his Tulsa rally and book your tickets! ##maga ##trump2020 ##donaldtrump ##allbirthdaysmatter

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