Trump Re-Election Consultant Running Fake Joe Biden Website, NYT Reports

A Trump re-election content producer has been running a fake Joe Biden website that sits near the top of search results online, in a disinformation campaign similar to the Russian trolls in 2016, The New York Times reports. The website, JoeBiden.info, looks like a pro-Biden page but actually trolls users by mocking the Democratic frontrunner and highlights his less-than perfect moments, the Times reports. The website is run by Patrick Mauldin, a political consultant and digital content producer for the Trump 2020 re-election campaign. Mauldin said he had built and paid for it on his own, and not for the Trump campaign. T.J. Ducklo, a Biden campaign spokesman, said that the campaign knew about the fake website for months. “Imagine our surprise that a site full of obvious disinformation is the handiwork of an operative tied to the Trump campaign,” Ducklo said.

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SOURCE: The Daily Beast – Anna Kaplan