It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
My selection this week may be surprising. It was to me, anyway. As most of you know, Donald Trump was in Tulsa, Oklahoma last night for his first major campaign rally, his so-called comeback rally, since before the pandemic. He was very excited about it.
Just before he boarded Marine One at the White House, Trump declared, “The event in Oklahoma is unbelievable,” he boasted. “The crowds are unbelievable. They haven’t seen anything like it.”
The crowds were expected be so large that the Trump campaign set up an outdoor overflow area to accommodate an additional 40,000 fans who couldn’t squeeze into the 19,000 person capacity indoor arena. Brad Parscale, Trump’s cambaign manager, bragged about the “over ticket one million ticket requests” the organizers had received.But it turns out that the crowd was a lot less than expected. In fact, according to a report from Forbes magazine, only about 6,200 attendees showed up. So what went wrong? Why had the Trump campaign overestimated the crowd size? Was it coronavirus? Was is Antifa?
No, it was a 51-year old grandmother in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mary Jo Laupp, who was apparently so upset by the original date and place of Trump’s rally — the city where one of America’s racist massacres took place, in 1921 — that she asked people to sign up for the rally and to not go.
Laupp led the charge on TikTok late last week when she posted a video encouraging people to go to Trump’s website, register to attend the event, and then not show up.
“All of those of us that want to see this 19,000 seat auditorium barely filled or completely empty go reserve tickets now and leave him standing alone there on the stage,” Laupp told her then-1,000 or so followers on TikTok, normally thought of a platform for dancing teenagers and not for political action.
As a result of Laupp’s post, which went viral, TikTok users and fans of Korean pop music groups claimed to have registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s campaign rally as a prank.
So this week’s Fandango’s Who Won the Week goes to Mary Jo Laupp and her teen followers on TikTok. I can imagine that his is what Trump felt like after his rally last night.Now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?
Photo credit: Pixabay and from today’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.