Life Imitates Veep: “Teens, comedians and pranksters spam Trump’s voter fraud hotline”


n its search for viable challenges to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, President Trump’s campaign set up a voter fraud hotline after Election Day, encouraging people to call in with reports of suspicious incidents.Follow the latest on Election 2020

“Help stop voter suppression, irregularities and fraud,” the campaign said in social media posts promoting the hotline. “Tell us what you are seeing.”

Although the campaign has thus far failed to prove any voter fraud, the hotline has received no shortage of phone calls — all thanks to a viral campaign on TikTok and Twitter to clog the hotline with anti-Trump memes and absurd messages.

Campaign staffers in Virginia have been answering the calls, ABC News reported, fielding prank calls from Biden supporters who have played songs and movie clips, filed bogus reports, submitted the entire script for the 2007 film “Bee Movie,” or simply mocked Trump’s loss before hanging up.

Some people played rapper YG’s vulgar, anti-Trump rap, “FDT,” which rose up the charts as people celebrated Biden’s win. One woman said she met the devil at her Georgia polling place and he challenged her to a fiddle contest, but if she lost, Biden would win. Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman simply recounted the elaborate plot of the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes.”

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Sunday. But some of the president’s allies, including son Eric Trump, responded to the reports of spam calls by blaming Democrats.


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