Twitter users seized upon a recent viral video of an anonymous Nevada poll worker detailing the “rampant voter fraud” they witnessed during the 2020 election, claiming the pitch-shifted voice belonged to none other than President Donald Trump himself. But while nothing is out of bounds in 2020 anymore, the video is a fake.
Musician Nick Lutsko—who has made songs and videos for the likes of Netflix, Super Deluxe, and CollegeHumor—shared the doctored viral video on Twitter yesterday. The excerpt comes from Tuesday’s episode of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, The Ingraham Angle. The clip shows a silhouetted figure describing the foul play they witnessed during Nevada’s vote-counting process. Their speech patterns, word choice, and body language match Trump to a tee.
“I’m not gonna say which party does it, but thousands of votes are gathered, and they come in and they’re dumped in a location,” the “poll worker” says. “And then, all of a sudden, you lose elections that you think you’re gonna win. And I’m not gonna stand for it.”
“This is definitely Trump,” Lutsko captioned the video in a post that has been retweeted more than 40,000 times.
Twitter users gleefully cited the video as Trump’s last feeble attempt to legitimize his baseless voter fraud claims and wrench the election back from President-elect Joe Biden. The delightfully pathetic clip seemed too good to be true—and unfortunately, it was.
Prior to Lutsko’s tweet, Washington Examiner editor Daniel Chaitin shared the unedited footage from Ingraham’s interview with the anonymous poll worker. Trump’s signature New York accent is replaced with a woman’s digitally altered voice, while the content of her recollection is totally different. The silhouetted figure also makes more sense in this context, as wisps of hair poke out from beneath the woman’s hat above a turtleneck sweater or jacket with a thick collar.
"I made [the video] in like 90 seconds as I was falling asleep on my couch," Lutsko tells the Daily Dot. "Truly wasn't worried that anyone would take it seriously. Which is dumb given we live in the age of Four Seasons Landscaping."