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Alt-Right Sites Fell Really Hard For This Joke Tweet About Voter Fraud

Earlier today, Ohio’s Secretary of State appeared on CNN and told Carol Costello in no uncertain terms that even though he supports Donald Trump, he finds the Republican nominee’s claims that the election will be rigged against him “irresponsible.” Because Ohio is a key battleground state, Trump and Hillary Clinton have been focusing on it pretty hard and Trump’s team, in particular, has been outspoken about their suspicions when it comes to Ohio’s leadership.

Amid all of that, a tweet surfaced on the account @randygdub, which has about 6000 followers.

Many of the tweets on that account are silly jokes about events that didn’t really happen but have something to do with a timely topic. Look:

For whatever reason, the “got hired as a Trump surrogate…” tweet never took off but the “I love working at the post office…” one did.

Gateway Pundit picked it up and ran with the title, “POSTAL WORKER Brags Online About Destroying Trump Ballots.” It starts off with “An Ohio(?) man who describes himself as a postal worker bragged online this weekend about destroying Donald Trump absentee ballots,” then goes on to reiterate, “He actually bragged about it!”

Jim Hoft then included a screenshot of the following exchange:

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To many, the “source?” would give this away as a long-winded joke. Further, a little investigation would have revealed that Trump supporters getting worked up about possible voter fraud is a theme among the account’s tweets.

Eventually, the account tweeted out Hoft’s story…

… and the article got updated with this:

UPDATE: So the left says this story is a joke.
Because stealing elections is funny.

Hoft wasn’t the only one to get upset, though. Here is former actor, massive Trump fan, and featured RNC speaker Scott Baio, whose Twitter is always getting him into trouble:

His wife was mad, too:

Baio also tweeted out a link to another right-wing site that covered the “postal worker” story:

Gateway Pundit and Ending the Fed on their own are fine, but a story hasn’t really made it on the far right until it gets a Drudge link.

And there it is.

[image via screengrab]

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