i love working at the post office in Columbus, Ohio and ripping up absentee ballots that vote for trump
— raandy (@randygdub) October 16, 2016
Ha ha! It’s funny because no one who actually intended to tamper with ballots would tweet about it. No one could possibly mistake Randy’s gag, making light of Trump supporters’ paranoia, for a serious admission. Or could they?!
Sadly, they could.
Here comes reliable, stable, and unbiased scoop-deliverer Matt Drudge to tell everyone what’s up:
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) October 17, 2016
Once Randy’s joke was reported as news on Drudge’s front page, all manner of “deplorables” popped up in Randy’s mentions to act all red and nude online.
— Juggalocialism (@UweBollocks) October 17, 2016
— Fred Piccolo Jr (@FredPiccoloJr) October 17, 2016
There are several in Columbus Ohio ! I'm with an Officer friend right now we're waiting on your response!
— Jan Hess 🇺🇸 (@hairbyjan17) October 17, 2016
… and one of them was actor and Twitter yeller Scott Baio.
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) October 17, 2016
The gag even made it to Rush Limbaugh, who discussed it on the air and somehow managed to link the fake post office worker to Benghazi conspiracy theories.
Are all of these people stupid? Maybe!
Anyone who saw the post office thing and didn't immediately think, oh a joke, is too stupid to run their own life
— Gentle with the baby (@rappingranny) October 17, 2016
But pretending to take jokes seriously, removing their context, and trying to use them against opponents is a fairly typical tactic of the alt-right, so also maybe not?
Either way, someone named Randy G Dub is not a post office employee trying to steal the election from Donald Trump. The United States Postal Service has confirmed it:
“The Postal Service has completed an initial investigation of the mentioned tweets and does not be… https://t.co/NMQYp7CqQF
— USPS Help (@USPSHelp) October 17, 2016
Randy does not work for us.
The Post Office
— C. Everett Cope (@cushbomb) October 17, 2016
Although this forced a retraction from Drudge, Randy’s mentions are still a very funny shitstorm, the well-deserved treasure of a successful troll.
im getting harassed online
— raandy (@randygdub) October 17, 2016
R.I.P Randy’s menchies.