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Trump's 'voter fraud' hotline 'bombarded with prank calls from people laughing'


A hotline set up by the Trump campaign to receive allegations of voter fraud has instead been bombarded with prank calls, US media reports.

Supporters of Joe Biden have taken to repeatedly calling the number and laughing down the phone or mocking them over the former VP’s win in the presidential election.

Donald Trump, his close family and his campaign surrogates have attempted to undermine Mr Biden’s victory with claims of fraud.

They have presented no credible evidence.



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In order to help their efforts they set up a ‘hotline’ to receive allegations and shared it on Twitter and other social media channels.

However the move has backfired, with the number instead being inundated with prank calls, reports ABC News.

They write: “The hotline has turned into a nightmare for some, as staffers, some of whom have contracts that expire in the coming days, have been bombarded with prank calls from people laughing or mocking them over Biden’s win before hanging up.



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“Prank calling the Trump campaign’s hotline has already become a trend on TikTok, the social media network that was used earlier in the year in an attempt to tank the president’s rally in Tulsa by mass-requesting tickets.”

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The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment.

As Donald Trump stews in the White House and counts down the days until he is turfed out by his successor, Mr Biden is already planning to hit the ground running – tackling the Covid pandemic and undoing much of Mr Trump’s policies.

Mr Biden’s victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed processing.



Demonstrators celebrate after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election



Scenes of pure jubilation have been seen across the US

The democrat crossed the winning threshold of 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania to take control of a nation gripped by a historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil.

“I sought this office to restore the soul of America,” said Mr Biden in a prime-time victory speech not far from his Delaware home, “and to make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home”.

Mr Trump refused to concede, threatening further legal action on ballot counting.

Mr Biden, 77, staked his candidacy less on any distinctive political ideology than on galvanising a broad coalition of voters around the notion that Mr Trump posed an existential threat to American democracy.



Joe Biden is embraced by his granddaughter after delivering his victory speech

The strategy proved effective, resulting in pivotal victories in Michigan and Wisconsin as well as Pennsylvania, former Democratic bastions that had flipped to Mr Trump in 2016.

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Kamala Harris made history as the first black woman to become vice president, an achievement that comes as the US faces a reckoning on racial justice.

The California senator, who is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in government, four years after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.





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