Joe Piscopo laughs off reports of Russian hacking
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Joe Piscopo, currently mulling a New Jersey gubernatorial bid, is laughing off reports of Russian-backed hacking during the 2016 elections, calling them "comical.”

“It’s a ruse. It’s a joke. They got nothing. The Russia thing is comical because it won’t go away,” the “Saturday Night Live” alum told Mediaite on Thursday when asked what he makes "of all this Russia business."

“I ask this with respect, with respect to the Russian theorists — you talk about conspiracy theories, I mean, this is what this is — did the Russians come to my county in Jersey in the middle of nowhere and did they hack into my mechanical voting both so when I switched — I voted for somebody, they switched my vote?” Piscopo told the site.


Piscopo has repeatedly floated running for governor of New Jersey as a Republican. With a filing deadline looming, he now says he's "more serious" about running as an independent.

The 65-year-old comedian and radio show host said, “I mean, get to the — there’s no way they could hack it! If they hacked into the Democratic Party, if indeed they did, who cares? They think, like, the voters are dumb.”

“We’re not dumb,” added Piscopo, known for his impersonations of Frank Sinatra and Jerry Lewis on “SNL." “We know what’s going on. They’re not going to sway — ‘oh, geez, John Podesta said that? I better not vote for Hillary [Clinton].’ That didn’t happen.”

The U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia waged in influence campaign meant to help President Trump win. It found no evidence of Russian tampering with voting machines.