The story on how teenagers planned this prank with military precision was incredible:
“Many users deleted their posts after 24 to 48 hours in order to conceal their plan and keep it from spreading into the mainstream internet. &The majority of people who made them deleted them after the first day because we didn’t want the Trump campaign to catch wind,’ Mr. Daniel said. ‘These kids are smart and they thought of everything.’”
Not only did the teenagers foil the Trump campaign’s effort for a huge media event—the empty seats were as much a focus of media coverage as the President’s remarks—but they also corrupted the campaign’s database:
“‘We all know the Trump campaign feeds on data, they are constantly mining these rallies for data,’ said Ms. Laupp, who worked on several rallies for Pete Buttigieg’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. ‘Feeding them false data was a bonus. The data they think they have, the data they are collecting from this rally, isn’t accurate.’”
How will the Trump campaign counteract this going forward for future rallies? The President and his campaign’s greatest strength has always been an ability to use social media and media coverage to maximum advantage, but how do they pivot when it’s being used against them?