We’re not sure what’s more telling of the uneasy alliance between carefully-cultivated political campaigns and grassroots web-based promos created by average folks: the fact that typing HillaryClinton.net into your browser actually brings you to a webpage promoting Republican Carly Fiorina, or that Fiorina’s campaign had nothing at all to do with the stealthy switcharoo.
According to Buzzfeed, a representative of Fiorina said her campaign was not behind the trolling, but did point out that the republican has been taking heat during interviews over a similar stunt that had been pulled at her expense.
The stunt in question involves CarlyFiorina.org., which was purchased by a critic and filled with 30,0000 frowning emoticons in an effort to spread awareness of the layoffs Fiorina presided over during her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
“Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain,” the homepage states, “So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off…”
So, yes, you’ve got this right: if you want to get more information about Fiorina and avoid scrolling through thousands of frowning emojis, head on over to HillaryClinton.net (where you’ll be greeted by a smiling Fiorina).
While Fiornia’s campaign claims to have played no role in this little stunt, they DID cop to trolling Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press for his insistence on reporting about #DomainGate:
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) May 10, 2015
Ah, American politics — nothing says “The candidate we support has what it takes to run this incredibly complex country” like high-school level pranks.