They really should have seen this coming. Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s current fixer/lawyer, put out a call on Twitter asking the public to report instances of voter suppression, irregularities and fraud.
Tell us what you are seeing.
Report a case: https://t.co/HHioyh1DC6
Call: (888) 503-3526 pic.twitter.com/1hCL1BqByw
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 6, 2020
People responded, but probably not exactly as the Trump folks were hoping for. Since the former New York mayor’s tweet with the hashtag #STOPtheSTEAL went out, staffers in Trump’s election “war room” have been flooded with prank calls from people laughing or mocking them over Biden’s win before hanging up.
Saturday evening Lincoln Project advisors Steve Schmidt and George Conway trolled the Trump campaign by spreading the number on Twitter.
Thank you, Rick. It's important that people do not call 888-630-1776 unless they have important information to relay to the Trump campaign.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 8, 2020
The writer/animator/voice actor Alex Hirsch, creator of the animated series “Gravity Falls,” posted a couple of audio clips on Twitter. In one he called in to report suspected voter fraud by a person dressed very much like the McDonald’s villain “Hamburglar.”
“I saw a man. He walked into this building. He was wearing a black hat, black mask, a striped shirt and a red tie. And I believe there were hamburgers in his sack. He was saying ‘robble, robble’ as he was exiting the building, like a burglar. You know I think he’s probably antifa. Can I speak to Rudy Giuliani?”
In the second, Hirsch assumes the persona of Stan “Grunkle Stan” Pines, proudly taking credit for a whole bushel of vote theft, a daring daylight robbery in which he also “waved to the crowd, blew them kisses,” and demanded that Giuliani give him a medal.
Hahaha can hear how exhausted they are already pic.twitter.com/zoa4HiLaEj
— Hallowalex Hirschoween (@_AlexHirsch) November 7, 2020
As of Sunday morning the hotline is no longer being answered by live humans. Callers are instead being asked to record their messages of election fraud.
Prank calling the hotline already has become a trend on TikTok. Recall earlier this year that TikTok was used by users of the social media platform to request millions of tickets to Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., an event that ultimately drew just over 6,000 attendees.