Mary Jo Laupp, also known as the “TikTok Grandma” is an American who used her social media influence to help turn Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma into a sparsely attended fiasco. Laupp has been hired by a grassroots organization that is campaigning for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Laupp became “internet famous” for her impassioned social media calls for her followers to reserve tickets for Trump’s rally so there would be plenty of empty seats.
Trump’s Tulsa rally was a complete flop. The stadium was filled to less than a third of its capacity. Prior to the event Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale had bragged that more than 800,000 tickets had been reserved. Trump would later brag that the number of reserved tickets had reached a million.
Laupp’s pleas with followers to reserve the tickets and not attend were viewed on TikTok over two million times. The short video was also shared by online communities of American fans of K-pop.
Caitlin Gilbert, Biden’s Digital Coalition co-director, stated on Friday that the 51-year-old mother of four and grandmother of six had joined her group and had agreed to help with online campaigning.
Laupp says her first mission is to help build a group of pro-Biden content creators on TikTok.
Laupp lives in Iowa where she is a music teacher at a high school. She volunteered for the unsuccessful campaign of Pete Buttigieg.