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TikTokers troll Trump by streaming Joe Biden’s town hall

The latest update in the ongoing feud between TikTokers and Trump

Once again, the TikTokers have come together to troll Donald Trump. More specifically, users of the video sharing app have engaged in a mass effort to boost the ratings of Joe Biden’s Thursday night (October 15) town hall, helping push them past those of Trump’s, which was (inexplicably) held simultaneously.

Borrowing from the inspired trolling tactics used by K-pop stans and TikTokers in the past, the effort was popularised on TikTok by Hank Green, in a video that has over 1.2 million likes in the two days it’s been up. In the video, Green suggests that “there’s only one reason” Donald Trump wanted to hold his town hall simultaneously: “It’s so that he can brag that he got better ratings than Joe Biden which, to be clear, doesn’t matter. This isn’t how votes happen.”

Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear by now that Donald Trump places a lot of importance on having the biggest (and greatest, and best, etc.) of everything, leading Green to suggest that TikTokers could come together to prevent him from having even this “very small win” by streaming Biden’s town hall on multiple devices.

Subsequently, fans reshared the post, also calling for K-pop stans and the BTS Army, among others, to get involved.


The town halls are Thursday night and every view on a different platform or device counts toward ratings...just saying!!

♬ original sound - Hank Green

Exactly how much the drive for TikTokers to stream Biden’s town hall affected ratings in the end is difficult to tell. However, the figures did surprise those in the TV business, seeing Trump lose out with an average of 13.5 million viewers across three channels (NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC), while Biden’s town hall on ABC averaged 14.1 million viewers, according to CNN.

Of course, this is all just the latest chapter in the ongoing feud between TikTokers and Trump. After an even bigger drive on the app back in June, TikTokers were credited with emptying out Trump’s Tulsa rally, and in July they officially declared war following news that his administration backed a TikTok ban

Earlier this month, meanwhile, Gen Z TikTokers launched a group account in support of US presidential candidate Joe Biden, urging young people to vote for the Democrat nominee in the upcoming election