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Trolls conspired to clog the Democrats’ Iowa caucus hotline

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Trolls expressing support for President Trump called into the phone line Democrats were supposed to use for reporting precinct tallies during the Iowa caucuses, adding to the chaos Monday night as the election app failed and precinct chairs tried to phone in results instead, Bloomberg reports.

Frustrated poll workers posted images of caucus paperwork on social media that showed the phone number, and it wasn’t long before that number ended up on 4chan, where posters encouraged people to “clog the lines,” according to NBC News.

Uh oh how unfortunate it would be for a bunch of mischief makers to start clogging the lines,” one poster wrote.

Many, but not all, of the calls that resulted in the phone line being overwhelmed and unavailable,...

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