Harambe for president: Thousands reportedly vote for dead gorilla
Thousands of US voters reportedly cast their votes for a dead gorilla and a world famous cognac instead of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election.
An estimated 11,000 people reportedly wrote in ‘Harambe’ – the gorilla who was shot and killed by staff at Cincinnati Zoo in May when a toddler fell into his enclosure – as their preferred candidate to become the 45th President of the United States.
Over 11,000 people voted for Harambe. Harambe is a dead gorilla.— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) November 9, 2016
Those 11,000 votes would have saved our country. #ElectionNight
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Some of those guilty of spoiling their votes even took to Twitter to share an image of their ballots.
I voted for harambe #ElectionNight#myvote2016pic.twitter.com/ZsvugMbYyt— jack (@THOTJAI) November 9, 2016
Well, they may not have been my pick for President, but let it never be said that I left @smod2016, @kenbone18, or Harambe off of my ballot. pic.twitter.com/mntZrGq1GB— still gona b amnesty (@glossontech) November 8, 2016
@TheAnonnMessage not mine but i saw it om facebook pic.twitter.com/10hgDUno2g— Jeffrey Hernandez (@Mexicanabanana) November 9, 2016
I vote Harambe pic.twitter.com/H55mYNic0v— Robert Litten (@robertjlitten) November 8, 2016
Hennessy was also a popular alternative voter option, according to Twitter reports.
Harambe got 11,000. Hennessy got 13,000. That's 24,000 people. You gotta be 18+ to vote. That's 24,000 GROWN ass people lmao— Goatgeta (@CJSTR013) November 9, 2016
imagine registering to vote, driving to a polling location, waiting in line, and writing in harambe or hennessy on the ballot. as an adult.— rach (@rachaelhoops) November 9, 2016
Obama: Hillary— Political Reactions (@PoliticalReactz) November 9, 2016
Lady Gaga: Hillary
The rest of the world: Hillary
Americans: Trump, Hennessy, Harambe...
Although the reports have not been verified, the mere claim that thousands chose to ‘waste’ their vote sparked outrage online.
I've completely lost faith in my generation simply because around 17,000 people voted for harambe and Hennessy— I S A I A H + (@isaiahlimit) November 9, 2016
11,000 people voted for Harambe during the US elections?😂 I'm done pic.twitter.com/6I5k0TeGc0— JianHao F² Tan (@thejianhaotan) November 9, 2016
11,000 Americans voted for Harambe...they woke up, get dressed & voted for a dead animal. Trump is the least of some of your worries— Jack Mull (@J4CKMULL) November 9, 2016
Can't even cheer myself up from this extremely ignorant reality. 11k votes for Harambe 6k for Hennessy..this generation is a complete joke— Kaî (@KaiCrossMusic) November 9, 2016
16,400 votes went to harambe and Hennessy? Y'all need to grow up. so much is at stake and y'all choose to be stupid pic.twitter.com/jDpTgVx0MC— Allure🕊✨ (@Drebae_) November 9, 2016
In July, months before any votes were cast, Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling had put support for Harambe at 5 percent – ahead of Green Party candidate Jill Stein. They said that the dead gorilla’s ratings drew level with Stein in August at 2 percent.
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