BOSTON (AP) — A texting company run by one of President Donald Trump’s top campaign officials sent out thousands of targeted, anonymous text messages urging supporters to rally where votes were being counted in Philadelphia on Thursday, falsely claiming Democrats were trying to steal the presidential election.
The messages directed Trump fans to converge at a downtown intersection where hundreds of protesters from the opposing candidates’ camps faced off Thursday afternoon. Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state where former Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters believe the outstanding ballots will put him over the top in the presidential election.
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Sydney Miller is ready for the text messages from political campaigns to stop.
The 24-year-old medical student has already voted in Massachusetts, but the texts keep coming: from advocacy organizations, local candidates and even campaigns in other states where she’s never been registered to vote. She’s asked them to stop, without success.
“I feel like the only way out is for the election to be over at this point,” Miller said. “I’m just waiting for Wednesday morning.”
Voters’ phones have been vibrating and beeping for months with texts from political campaigns — mostly from volunteers they don’t know asking for money and votes — and many of them are about fed up.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic put a damper on in-person campaigning and volunteering, the text message was set to be a top political tool of the 2020 election season. New software allows one person to text many others