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TikTokers are taking credit for tanking Trump’s Tulsa rally.
In the days leading up to President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, his campaign boasted about the more than 1 million tickets that had been requested, and set up an outdoor stage for an expected overflow crowd. Only 6,200 attendees showed up to the 19,000-seat BOK Center.
Fans of K-pop (Korean-pop) and TikTok users have claimed responsibility for the low turnout, having reserved thousands of tickets they had no intention of using.
“It spread mostly through Alt TikTok —we kept it on the quiet side where people do pranks and a lot of activism,” YouTuber Elijah Daniel, 26, told the New York Times.
“K-pop Twitter and Alt TikTok have a good alliance where they spread information amongst each other very quickly. They all know the algorithms and how they can boost videos to get where they want.”
Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, blamed "radical protesters, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage," claiming they stopped Trump supporters from accessing the BOK Center.
But reporters have pushed back against this claim, with Fox News' Chris Wallace telling Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp (bold ours):
“He didn’t fill an arena last night. And you guys were so far off that you had planned an outdoor rally and there wasn’t an overflow crowd and watching the coverage and talking to [Fox News correspondent] Mark Meredith on the ground today, protesters did not stop people from coming to that rally.”
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On the Radar
Similarities & Differences of Congress' Police Reform Legislation
Congress is debating police reform this week, but with the Senate taking up Republicans’ JUSTICE Act and the House taking up Democrats’ Justice in Policing Act, it’s unclear whether the bipartisan desire to act on reforms to policing practices will translate into a compromise that allows legislation to pass both chambers and be signed into law by President Trump.
We’ll be tracking the legislative movement and potential evolution of the bills as the debate continues, as there are significant differences between the bills that Congress will have to resolve.
That being said, there are also substantial similarities between bills that won’t require major changes.
We take a look at the differences and similarities in the above links, but here's a preview:
- Both the Republican and Democratic bills include the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, which would make lynching a federal crime that warrants an enhanced sentence under existing federal hate crime states, punishable by a sentence of up to 10 additional years imprisonment. It wouldn’t preclude murder charges from being filed, which can already be brought under existing law.
- Democrats’ bill would create the national police misconduct registry but doesn’t have an explicit requirement that it be checked by agencies during the hiring process, instead mandating that new hires be accredited within the state. Republicans’ bill would explicitly require that law enforcement agencies check the database for an applicants’ misconduct history before hiring them.
Under the Radar
COVID-19's Racial Disparity
Black and Hispanic Americans are dying from coronavirus (COVID-19) at higher rates than their white peers, according to Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) data compiled by USAFacts.
After adjusting for population, the COVID-19 death rates for Black and Hispanic Americans are higher than those of White and Asian Americans in every age group.
In all age groups, Black people are experiencing the highest death rates, while death rates among Asians generally fall between those of White & Hispanic populations as this USAFacts chart shows:
National COVID-19 death rates by race, ethnicity and age
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