A voter fraud hotline set up by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign was reportedly inundated with pranks calls as the president saw his aspirations for a second term dissipate over the weekend. News that Pennsylvania — and the U.S. presidency — were projected as victories for Democratic nominee Joe Biden was met with dancing in the streets over the weekend. And Trump’s desperate bid to produce a legal case invalidating the election results was reportedly met with people calling just to laugh at him.
In a report published Saturday, ABC News citied multiple unnamed sources discussing the hundreds of calls a day being answered by Trump campaign staffers, all coming through a hotline set up to seek voter fraud cases. Sources told ABC News that the hotline was instead bombarded with prank calls, mockery, and people laughing at them.
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan tweeted Sunday that campaign aides were dealing with prank calls from what he said were mostly “lefty teenagers” in addition to what he described as “disturbing unsolicited adult images.”
One TikTok user who called in posted a recording of her call, telling the person who answered the phone that she was calling to report “election interference” but then describing the incident as “an obese turtle that has rolled on to its back” — a reference to CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s (needlessly fatphobic) jab at Trump from over the weekend. (Cooper has since said he regrets the words he used.)
There were so many prank calls that it appears the campaign has had to change the hotline’s phone number multiple times, as indicated in a tweet from Lara Trump, the wife of presidential son Eric Trump. She wrote on Twitter Saturday morning, “Another new number.”
“To those who have spammed our other numbers: it’s shameful that you don’t think it’s important to have integrity in our elections,” she continued. “It’s fundamental to our republic. Keep spamming. We will keep changing the number.”
Originally listed as 888-630-1776 on November 5 by the Trump campaign’s Facebook page, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani tweeted November 6 that the number was 888-503-3526. According to Lara Trump’s tweet from Saturday, the number is 800-895-4152. (Teen Vogue called the third number Monday to confirm it was still active, but was answered by a recording asking callers to leave a message.)
Phone calls aren’t the only way to report voter fraud to the Trump campaign, though. The campaign also set up the website http://djt45.co/stopfraud which offers people a chance to fill out a form to report voter fraud. This also apparently got pranked, including by one Twitter user who apparently sent the campaign the entire script of The Bee Movie.
If you want to report voter fraud to the Trump campaign, you can call or fill out a “Voter Fraud Issue Report Form” online.
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