There were reportedly empty seats at a New Hampshire rally for US president Donald Trump earlier this month after a LGBT+ teen played a prank on Twitter.
Twitter user Noah hinted to his followers that they should reserve free tickets to Trump’s rally campaigning for his reelection on August 15 – but then not turn up.
“Hey everyone you totally shouldn’t go on tr*mp’s website and reserve tickets for his rally and not show up so that there’s empty seats (the tickets are free) but you should definitely not do that!!,” he wrote.
Noah’s tweet soon went viral, racking up more than 17,000 re-tweets and over 60,000 likes at the time of publication.
Twitter users reserve free tickets to Donald Trump rally with no intention to show up.
Twitter users then began to respond about how they had reserved multiple tickets with no intention to attend the rally.
“Can’t wait to NOT be there,” wrote one person, alongside screenshots of two tickets.
One ticket was reserved for “ligma ass”, while the other was listed under “yoongis Asscrack”.
Empty seats reported at Trump’s reelection rally after viral Twitter post.
What’s more, the hashtag #EmptySeatMAGATour even started trending on Twitter.
Following Noah’s tweet, it was reported that there was a notable number of empty seats at the evening rally at Southern New Hampshire University Arena (SNHU) in Manchester, New Hampshire, with genuine Trump supporters unable to get in.
“Thousands of Trump supporters were locked out of the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, for Thursday’s reelection campaign rally by president Trump even though there were plenty of empty seats in the upper deck of the arena,” reads an article for far-right news site The Gateway Pundit.
Hey everyone you totally shouldn’t go on tr*mp’s website and reserve tickets for his rally and not show up.
Noah also took to Twitter to acknowledge the alleged mishap, writing “we did it barbz”, alongside images of The Gateway Pundit and social media reports of Trump supporters stranded outside the arena.
Speaking to Out Magazine, 17-year-old Noah said: “I really didn’t know if it would work or not, but according to articles I saw, there were all these empty seats, but they weren’t letting anyone in.
“My only logical conclusion is that it’s because of this, that since we had all these reserved seats, they couldn’t let people without a ticket in, even if they were true fans.”