A viral video that appears to show an election worker destroying a ballot for President Donald Trump has been created and posted by a TikTok joker as “a joke” to attract attention.
The TikTok user @bigchoppadoe has been exposed as the person behind the clip, which many viewers consider genuine and evidence of election fraud.
According to Heavy, @bigchoppadoe’s real name is Dale Harrison. In a series of comments posted on Facebook, Harrison said that he was not an election worker and instead invented the clip as a joke to get attention.
“So I made this video in my Amazon outfit because you all know I always joke! And it gets crazy, crazy views! You… can find me on every App!!!! So when do I move to Hollywood? Hahahahah,” Harrison wrote in a Facebook status.
In response to a comment asking if he really did destroy ballots, he added: “This is a joke. I never worked for them” and instead claimed that he actually works for Amazon and that he wears his work uniform in the video.
“This is my Amazon outfit! But it gives me views,” he added.
The clip is no longer restricted to TikTok and has been distributed on various online platforms, including Twitter, YouTube and forums like The Donald. The comments the video has generated suggest that many viewers believe it is real.
The election was accompanied by conspiracy theories and widespread – often unfounded – accusations of voter fraud, which have spread via social media and in some cases have their origins in them.
Last week Trump’s son Eric Trump posted two videos on Twitter, both claiming that ballots were destroyed.
One of these clips, viewed five million times on Twitter, appears to show a vote counter crumpling a piece of paper. Eric Trump suggested that the paper was a ballot that had been cast in his father’s favor, but others have claimed that the piece of paper was too small to vote.
He claimed that another video he posted on Twitter showed that 80 Trump ballots were burned.
Officials in Virginia exposed the video. “A concerned citizen showed us a video that allegedly showed someone burning ballots. These are NOT official ballots, but sample ballots,” they said.