Photo via 4chan/pol/

Trump’s 4chan trolls apparently forgot to register to vote

They only had several months to get this done.

Feb 28, 2020, 8:58 pm*

Internet Culture

 

Jay Hathaway

As the 2016 presidential election comes to a merciful close, the pro-Trump activists of 4chan‘s /pol/ are doing everything they can to help their candidate win: posting Pepe the Frog memes, driving their parents to the polls, and watching out for alleged voter intimidation. There’s one big thing some of them forgot to do, though: register to vote.

/pol/ is a heavily (although not entirely) pro-Trump forum, but it has struggled on Election Day to convert all of its potential meme-energy into actual votes for the Republican candidate. Many members are conservatives from abroad who are ineligible to vote for Trump, and some just plain didn’t pay attention to the steps required.

So when they arrived at their polling places, ready to “MAGA,” they had to [insert image of apoplectic Pepe the Frog screaming for all of eternity] instead.

Lest you think this 20-something’s misunderstanding of voting procedure was an isolated case, here are several more:

Gizmodo has a roundup of even more failures to launch by Trump’s 4chan foot soldiers, although they point out that this isn’t just a Trump problem: some Hillary Clinton supporters also confessed they forgot to register. They also raise the possibility that these sob stories from the alt-right crowd are fabricated, just another entry in a year-long ledger of trolls.

What’s not fabricated, though, is the fear on /pol/ that its chosen hero, Donald Trump, the human avatar of the god Kek (whatever that means), may not be elected president. As early returns come in, the board is melting down before our very eyes.

Here’s a helpful megapost of the panic unfolding there today :

Enjoy the schadenfreude or the commiseration, depending on which side you’re on.

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*First Published: Nov 8, 2016, 8:54 pm

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.

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