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These Ted Cruz URLs are the ultimate 2016 troll
This is how you end up on Healthcare.gov.
These days, the first rule of launching a presidential campaign is “Register your domains.”
It seems that Cruz’s team neglected to buy tedcruz.com, seemingly the most obvious URL for a Cruz presidential campaign.
If you visit tedcruz.com, you see a message that reads:
SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA.
IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!
The WHOIS registry provides no information about the owner of the domain. As recently as March 2009, it was the property of a different Ted Cruz, a real estate agent in Phoenix, Ariz.
But that’s not the only domain name that is sure to give the 2016 hopeful a headache. In the cleverest bit of political domain-name trolling we’ve ever seen, TedCruzForAmerica.com redirects to a website that is antithetical to every fiber of Cruz’s conservative being: a little place called healthcare.gov.
A mysterious prankster bought the patriotic-sounding domain name on March 23, 2015.
So where has the Cruz 2016 operation set up shop? That would be tedcruz.org.
Cruz is about to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for his campaign. Perhaps he could deploy some of that money to tempt the owner of tedcruz.com to sell.
Eric Geller is a politics reporter who focuses on cybersecurity, surveillance, encryption, and privacy. A former staff writer at the Daily Dot, Geller joined Politico in June 2016, where he's focused on policymaking at the White House, the Justice Department, the State Department, and the Commerce Department.