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Prank campaign grabs website after Biden’s ‘Joe 30330’ mistake

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Multiple online pranksters have purchased domain names related to Joe 30330 after former Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly said supporters could “go to Joe 30330” during his closing statement at Wednesday’s Democratic presidential primary debate.

Supporters of Biden’s White House bid can text JOE to 30330, and they can visit his official 2020 campaign website at joebiden.com. However, though joe33030.com redirects to Biden’s website, others purchased similar sites to redirect to their own pages.

Joe30330.com, for example, redirects to a page called “Josh for America,” which appears to be a satirical campaign mocking Biden’s campaign site. The site was purchased by Josh Fayer, a 21-year-old public relations major at Syracuse University who launched the joke campaign on April Fool’s Day, USA Today reported.

{mosads}“Hey! If Joe Biden sent you here, we just want to make something clear: we’re not affiliated with any presidential campaign. We’re just having some good fun (maybe a little bit at the expense of Joe),” Fayer wrote on the site.

Joe3030.com, meanwhile, redirects to South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D) official campaign site. Fayer said he and a friend originally redirected the domain Joe30330.com to Buttigieg’s site, but switched it to their own.

The Buttigieg campaign denied purchasing Joe3030.com and did not know who redirected the site.

Joe3033.com redirects to a real estate marketing company, with a homepage that has a tagline “Joe Biden messed up his marketing… But YOU don’t have to mess up yours.” The site says it features a photo of actor and comedian Eddie Murphy’s former estate in California. 

The Hill has reached out to Biden’s campaign for comment.

The websites made at the former vice president’s expense were not the only online jokes to emerge after the debates Tuesday and Wednesday.  After author and White House hopeful Marianne Williamson accused the Trump administration of harnessing a “dark psychic force” Tuesday night, the website DarkPsychicForce.com redirected to President Trump’s campaign website, and DarkPsychicForces.com redirected to the Democratic National Committee’s.

Tags 2020 campaign Democratic debates Donald Trump Joe Biden Marianne Williamson Pete Buttigieg

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