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TikTokers share viral videos of their Trump voter hotline pranks

TikTok users are tying up the hotline that Trump has set up to allege voter fraud

Donald Trump has long since gained notoriety for using social media to bully his opponents. Now he appears to be getting a taste of his own medicine thanks to tenacious TikTok users who have made it their mission to get under the president’s skin.

According to NBC News, the young people in question have started a campaign of calling into a hotline for voter fraud started by Trump’s team and using it to make outlandish false claims that tie up the phone system and therefore prevent actual MAGA supporters from using it.

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President Donald Trump is getting some pushback from social media giants Facebook and Twitter, who are labeling and obscuring his false election-related posts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In an attempt to undermine what has been widely accepted as a projected win for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, POTUS created a voter fraud hotline for people to report any suspicious activities they noticed at their voting stations.

Critics say this is a blatant and thinly veiled attempt to normalize racial profiling and voter suppression but this move should come as no surprise given Trump had made false claims about voter fraud even before the ballot counting began.

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“Help stop voter suppression, irregularities and fraud,” read a Twitter post by Trump’s son Eric promoting the hotline. “Tell us what you’re seeing.” 

Unfortunately for Trump, TikTokers like Alex Hirsch, creator of the Disney Channel series Gravity Falls, saw the hotline more as an opportunity to mess with the campaign than anything else.

“I’m don’t want to tell anyone what to do, but if you felt like calling this number and, say, reporting the Hamburglar, I can confirm from personal experience that it would be very funny,” Hirsch coyly tweeted on Friday.

In subsequent tweets he posted videos of himself trolling the line as characters from his show, confessing in one, “I went in there and I had a big ol’ sack and I just started taking ballots out of the box, and, you know, I didn’t even try to hide it.”

Hirsch’s tweets have garnered over 500,000 views and sparked several others to follow in his footsteps.

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