In the midst of the pandemic, there are two things that are keeping us sane: American politics and TikTok. But how is this Gen Z beloved app called TikTok and its fashion impacting the election?
A few months ago during Trump’s impeachment trial, Gen Z decided to take matters into their own hands by ruining Trump’s election through TikTok. Some resorted to stealing their neighbor’s Trump sign and transforming them into Biden signs, others took it a step further and signed up seats at Trump’s rally but then proceeding not to show up. Just a few weeks after this, Trump decided to have revenge against Gen Z by trying to ban the app and using statements like “TikTok is a Chinese Communist app” to take it down. Not only did TikTok not get deleted after Trump’s failed attempt, but Trump also has tried to ban TikTok more than three times after that and it has remained on the app store!
In addition to Gen Z ruining Trump’s presidential campaign, Gen Z has vastly improved the Biden-Harris campaign through TikTok. Besides the fact that Gen Z TikToker has been using TikTok to advocate for Biden and his campaign, they also have directly improved his campaign through humor. For example, just a few weeks before the Presidential debate, someone on TikTok found an old picture of young Joe Biden and it became trending within the next few days as Biden was found to be a good-looking teen. Not even a week after Joe Biden’s campaign found out that Gen Z was obsessed with this picture, they went ahead and started to sell them on black tanks, which not surprising to anyone, were sold out within hours. A more recent example contains a jab not at Donald Trump, but to his fellow counterpart Mike Pence. At the Vice Presidential debate just two nights ago, a fly was spotted on Mike Pence’s head. The Biden-Harris campaign wasted NO time to make fly swatter merch on their website in remembrance of the funny ordeal. Just like the Joe Biden tank, the flyswatter went sold out within hours.
It has been a crazy year with the pandemic, but Gen Z and TikTok gives us more reasons to be happy and smile.
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