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What kind of USPS worker would tweet that?
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:
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.
… and one of them was actor and Twitter yeller Scott Baio.
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
— Smockin! (The Mask) (@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:
Randy does not work for us.
The Post Office
— Matt Christman (@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.
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.