Some pundits have aptly declared this the Twitter Election. The alt-right’s enormous pro-Trump presence on the struggling platform and Hillary “Yaaas Kween” Clinton’s ‘epic clap backs’ have shown this to be true. Today at a rally in Golden, Colorado, Donald Trump stepped it up a notch (as he tends to do) when he appeared to reference a joke from Weird Twitter as evidence of voter fraud. Yes, I’m afraid it’s officially the Weird Twitter election.
At around 2 hours and 30 minutes into the video below, Trump asks the crowd if they’ve sent in their early voting ballots. “I have real problems with ballots being sent [by mail]. Does that make sense?” he explains. “Like people saying, ‘Oh, here’s a ballot. Here’s another ballot. Throw it away. Oh, here’s one I like. We’ll keep that one.’ I have real problems, so get your ballots in.”
The narrative Trump puts forth of how voter fraud is going down in this election seems to have a connection to a joke made by Weird Twitter comedian Raandy, who tweeted [sic throughout], “i love working at the post office in Columbus, Ohio and ripping up absentee ballots that vote for trump.”
Raandy’s tweet went viral earlier this month when a conservative blog called the Gateway Pundit wrote it up as evidence of voter fraud. The article then made it over to the Drudge Report, and Rush Limbaugh and Scott Baio subsequently weighed in. The fucking Secretary of State of Ohio even responded (via Twitter), “I’ve contacted @USPS about posts alleging destruction of absentee ballots. We’ll get the #facts & if true, hold anyone guilty accountable.”