In a lesson on faking it ’til you make it, Donald Trump has falsely claimed he “won” the election – and celebrities have jumped on board with ridiculous claims of their own.
“I WON THE ELECTION!” Trump tweeted on Monday (local time).
Twitter was quick to flag the tweet as factually incorrect, adding a note clarifying that “multiple sources called this election differently”.
Despite losing to Democratic candidate, President-elect Joe Biden, by more than five million popular votes and a projected 74 electoral college votes, Mr Trump is refusing to concede.
In fact, the 74-year-old has doubled down on his faux victory, claiming the election was “rigged” and “stolen”.
Nothing says ‘losing gracefully’ like an all-caps Twitter tirade and allegations of theft.
Since the tweet went viral, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users and celebrities alike have used the opportunity to pile on with their own comical and absurd claims.
Australian Idol’s season two runner-up Anthony Callea joined in to rectify his devastating loss to Casey Donavan.
TND also suspects the 2004 Idol voting was “rigged” and “stolen” and intends to investigate further.
I WON AUSTRALIAN IDOL! https://t.co/1Y7QBNPPWv
— ANTHONY CALLEA (@AnthonyCallea) November 16, 2020
Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer wanted us to know that he is a part-time actor, part-time vegetable.
I AM MADE OF CORN! https://t.co/QvlQsxlJxV
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) November 16, 2020
Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) wants to thank the Academy for his belated win.
I WON THE OSCAR! https://t.co/CWzf0fA8PP
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) November 16, 2020
Ever the opportunist, The West Wing’s Josh Malina used the chance to manifest a dream role on Netflix’s hit show The Crown.
I’VE BEEN CAST IN THE CROWN! https://t.co/VMlzpTUhU8
— (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) November 16, 2020
Coraline graphic novelist had a magical (and equally believable) revelation to share with fans.
I CAN CONTROL UNICORNS WITH MY MIND! https://t.co/a6MckoBFjq
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 16, 2020
Also spreading the magic was Supernatural’s Misha Collins.
I CAN FLY!! https://t.co/hN7F4tb5WK
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 16, 2020
When the world needed him most, actor Tom Payne from The Walking Dead revealed his true identity.
I AM BATMAN! https://t.co/JNlj8bFE3D
— Tom Payne (@justanactor) November 16, 2020
Eighties singer Richard Marx reminded fans that wherever you go, whatever you do, Mark Ruffalo will be right here waiting for you.
I AM MARK RUFFALO! https://t.co/8mD9MwE7oW
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) November 16, 2020
Like Callea, British football star Gary Lineker had a devastating loss of his own to clear up.
I WON THE WORLD CUP. https://t.co/VOYvlCAySi
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 16, 2020
YouTuber, LGBTQIA+ rights advocate and proud lesbian Shannon Beveridge had some good news for her male followers.
I DATE MEN! https://t.co/GzUL2I4STu
— Shannon Beveridge (@nowthisisliving) November 17, 2020