Prank Callers Jam Trump’s Voter Fraud Hotline
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The Trump campaign set up a hotline for voters to report allegations of voter fraud, but it has been flooded by prank callers after becoming a trend on TikTok and Twitter.

US President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3, 2020. … [+] – A bitterly divided America was going to the polls on Tuesday amid the worst pandemic in a century and an economic crisis to decide whether to give President Donald Trump four more years or send Democrat Joe Biden to the White House. A record-breaking number of early votes — more than 100 million — have already been cast in an election that has the nation on edge and is being closely watched in capitals around the world. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Key Facts

As President Trump peddled baseless conspiracy theories about voter fraud as the election slipped from his grasp, his campaign launched a hotline for voters to call and report Election Day malfeasance.

But the line has become a headache for some Trump campaign staffers, ABC News reports, as prank callers have flooded the hotline with fake calls.

The trend went viral on TikTok and Twitter, with users posting the phone number and sharing videos of their prank calls. 

Alex Hirsch, the creator of the “Gravity Falls” cartoon, posted a video of himself prank calling the hotline in which he told the staffer he saw a man dressed like the Hamburglar, a cartoon character from 1980s McDonalds commercials.

Key Background

This is not the first time TikTok users have tried to disrupt the Trump campaign. In June, the campaign claimed “tens of thousands” of TikTok users used “bogus numbers” to register for tickets for a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a ploy to keep seats empty.  

What To Watch For 

Even though all major TV networks projected Joe Biden as the winner on Saturday, Trump has yet to concede and his campaign continues to push allegations of voter fraud, without any substantial proof. 

Tangent

After Trump falsely claimed victory early Wednesday morning, millions of mail-in ballots were counted over the next several days that tipped the results in favor of Biden. The shift—known as the “red mirage”—was predicted by election experts who noted it would appear that Trump was leading on Election Day as mostly in-person votes were counted, which were disproportionately in favor of Trump, only to disappear once more mail-in ballots were counted, which skewed Democratic. The phenomenon prompted Trump and his allies to float wild conspiracy theories about election fraud, some of which have already been debunked

Further Reading

Inside the Trump campaign as it grapples with defeat while plowing forward with legal fight (ABC News) 

Trump: Election ‘Far From Over,’ Promising Legal Battle (Forbes)

Here Are The (Debunked) Voter Fraud Claims Trump And His Supporters Are Spreading (Forbes)

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