Trump's voter fraud hotline shut down after being flooded with prank callsBy Mark Pygas
Nov. 16 2020, Updated 9:36 a.m. ET
President Donald Trump is doing all he can to dispute the results of the election. The Trump administration has claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud took place. Trump claimed that “major fraud in our nation” was taking place and promised to challenge the election in the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security came out in defense of the election results.
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” two committees in charge of overseeing the election said. “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
As part of their effort to discredit the election results, the Trump campaign set up a voter fraud hotline. The number was intended to field calls about potential instances of voter fraud. However, the hotline shut down shortly after being opened after people bombarded the number with prank calls.
Social media users encouraged others to prank call the number, posting videos of themselves pranking the hotline.
"Man, I heard that my cousin who died 43 years ago that they counted his vote for Joe Biden and man, I'm from the great state of Pennsylvania and I would really hate to see Joe Biden win the election," one person told the hotline.
Another social media user claimed to see a man dumping ballots in a river.
Others made their own parodies of the hotline, including this voicemail message from President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr.
One user simply played the losing sound from The Price Is Right.
While it's unclear whether the prank calls played a role in getting the hotline shut down, it did attract the attention of Eric Trump, who accused the Democratic National Committee of being behind the calls. "The DNC is spamming our voter fraud hotline to bog down the thousands of complaints we are receiving," he wrote. "Wonder what they have to hide."