On Sunday afternoon, Twitter user @randygdub admitted to a pretty serious offense.
i love working at the post office in Columbus, Ohio and ripping up absentee ballots that vote for trump
— raandy (@randygdub) October 16, 2016
Unsurprisingly, people weren’t too happy.
Which post office do you work at ? You say u rip up the absentee ballots 4 Trump? If you don't answer your a liar and a coward!?
— Jan Hess ?? (@hairbyjan17) October 17, 2016
Fortunately, Jackson Berger was right; Randy was just lying to get attention. The next day it was discovered that the whole thing was a joke. Although, not too many people are laughing, especially those who fell for it.
Former actor and Trump supporter Scott Baio tweeted this after seeing Randy’s “confession.”
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) October 17, 2016
Jim Hoft, author of the GatewayPundit blog, wrote a post early Monday morning with the headline: “POSTAL WORKER Brags Online About Destroying Trump Ballots.” The Drudge Report even shared Hoft’s post on Twitter.
Postal Worker Brags About Destroying Trump Ballots… https://t.co/WlWz0aG9aY
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) October 17, 2016
Hoft later updated the blog post to say that Randy’s tweet was a joke. Needless to say, Hoft didn’t take it well. “Because voter fraud is funny? I’ve seen people get banned from Twitter for less than this.”
Baio, Hoft, and Drudge weren’t the only ones who reacted to Randy’s tweet. According to the Daily Beast, Rush Limbaugh also discussed it on air. Limbaugh called Randy’s place of employment the “Post Orifice” and claimed that the story wasn’t getting more attention because of liberal media bias.
The Daily Beast and NY Mag pointed out that anyone who took a few minutes to scroll through Randy’s old tweets would’ve noticed that nothing he posts is meant to be taken seriously.
ken bone has joined isis
— raandy (@randygdub) October 12, 2016
Christopher columbus found america when he was searching for gabagool lol
— raandy (@randygdub) October 11, 2016
You’d think most people aren’t foolish enough to admit to such a crime online.
Have a feeling this "postal worker" bragging about tearing up Trump Absentee Ballots is probably fake. I mean, who would confess to that?
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) October 17, 2016
But in this cycle, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction.
Real funny, Randy. Way to throw fuel on a flame.