Today is June 21 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1. TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans Say They Sank Trump Rally
The New York Times reports: President Trump’s campaign promised huge crowds at his rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, but it failed to deliver. Hundreds of teenage TikTok users and K-pop fans say they’re at least partially responsible.
Brad Parscale, the chairman of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign, posted on Twitter on Monday that the campaign had fielded more than one million ticket requests, but reporters at the event noted the attendance was lower than expected. The campaign also canceled planned events outside the rally for an anticipated overflow crowd that did not materialize.
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. After @TeamTrump tweeted asking supporters to register for free tickets using their phones on June 11, K-pop fan accounts began sharing the information with followers, encouraging them to register for the rally — and then not show.
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 COVID
Shout out to Zoomers. Y’all make me so proud. ☺️ https://t.co/jGrp5bSZ9T
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 21, 2020
A fuller view of stadium as program begins pic.twitter.com/xGdqTpwi1L
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) June 20, 2020
DML: How sad these TikTok kids are, the parents should be ashamed. The idiots in the this country and around the world are on overdrive. More importantly, I thought the rally was good and I’m more interested in seeing the ratings on TV considering Trump is not running for President of Oklahoma, but rather President of the US.
2. Tulsa mayor aide resigns, cites handling of presidential visit
Tulsa World reports: Jack Graham, an aide to Mayor G.T. Bynum, announced his resignation in a tweet Saturday as the mayor welcomed President Donald Trump at Tulsa International Airport.
Graham, who interned with Bynum’s office the summer of 2017 and joined his staff in 2019, said he felt “ineffective” and resigned over the handling of Trump’s campaign visit to the BOK Center.
“(Bynum) needs to be surrounded by people — any leader needs to be surrounded by people — dedicated to supporting his work,” Graham said. “And I just can’t do that.”
I have submitted my resignation to Mayor GT Bynum effective today. pic.twitter.com/Lohzobwh3e
— Jack Graham (@jrgtul) June 20, 2020
DML: See you later! Good luck finding a job.
3. Minneapolis shooting spree leaves at least 1 dead, 11 wounded, police say
Fox News reports: One man was killed and 11 people were wounded early Sunday when gunfire erupted in a Minneapolis business district, police said.
“12 people have suffered gunshot wounds in an incident on 2900 block of Hennepin S. 1 adult male died and 11 have no –life-threatening wounds,” the city’s police department posted on Twitter.
There was no indication that a suspect or suspects had been arrested, and no details on what may have sparked the shooting.
The spokesman said that the shooting started in the middle of the 2900 block of Hennepin and continued through the end of the block; windows at a shoe store and the Uptown Theatre were apparently shot out. pic.twitter.com/A5AIw2zgLi
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) June 21, 2020
Send the social workers
— teddyShieldMaidN🇦🇺 (CODMW) (@connieisteddy) June 21, 2020
Shooting in Uptown Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/mAjYWBYmv0
— Mr Minnesota 🤦🏾♂️😈 (@MrMinnesota24) June 21, 2020
A livestream captured the aftermath of a shooting that hit 10 people just now in Uptown, Minneapolis: pic.twitter.com/3CFsjVvqHE
— Kyle Hooten (@KyleHooten2) June 21, 2020
DML: Dear God, I know you are listening. We need help down here, fast.
4. Earthquake strikes northern Oklahoma after Tulsa Trump rally
ABC News reports: PERRY, Okla. — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook northern Oklahoma on Saturday and was felt in parts of Tulsa as protesters filled the city’s downtown streets after President Donald Trump’s campaign rally.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake at 10:15 p.m. near Perry, roughly 80 miles west of Tulsa. The National Weather Service in Oklahoma said on Twitter that its staff felt the tremor in its Tulsa office, and the earthquake generated social media buzz after Trump’s appearance.
It was the largest recorded earthquake in Oklahoma since a magnitude 4.4 quake in May 2019.
— NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) June 21, 2020
— Laura Mock ⛈ (@LauraMockWX) June 21, 2020
DML: Could it be it wasn’t an earthquake, but instead the Democrats knocking down statues. They don’t have much else to run on.
5. U.S. reports 30,000 daily coronavirus cases, highest number since May 1
CNBC reports: The U.S reported some 30,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number of daily infections recorded since May 1, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
New cases across the country are surging faster than ever, especially in states in the South, West and Midwest. Officials are warning that some clusters of infections are apparent among younger people who are crowding bars and parties.
Arizona, Florida, California, Nevada and South Carolina reported record-high single-day increases in COVID-19 infections on Friday. And Florida reported 4,049 new cases on Saturday, which broke another single-day record in the state for a third consecutive day.
DML: This is a serious virus, I hope people are NOT blowing it off in terms of taking precautions.
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