Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, reportedly shared as evidence of voter fraud a TikTok video created as a joke, Business Insider reports.
The video was also circulated by other right-wing influencers.
The viral video was first posted on TikTok by the user @bigchoppadoe last week. In the clip, a man wearing a neon yellow vest rips up what he says is a ballot for “Donald J. Dumb Trump.” The words “Send viral” with a laughing emoji are laid over the video.
The original video has since been made private on TikTok, but screen recordings of the clips continue to circulate on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Insider found on Tuesday.
The TikTok user was identified by Heavy and Reuters as Dale Harrison, whose Facebook page has pictures that match his identity in the video. Harrison, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, made his TikTok account private, but the video is still circulating via screen-recordings.
Giuliani appeared to believe the video was real, retweeting it after it was shared by actress and producer Kaya Jones, according to the report.
Giuliani is a key figure in Trump’s search for voter fraud, which has yet to yield any legitimate results.
Business Insider noted that “Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, labeled the post as ‘False Information’ and is leading readers to a Reuters fact-check of the video.”
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