A comedian posing as a broadcast journalist fooled New Yorkers into believing that Hillary Clinton had dropped out of the presidential race after being diagnosed with ‘Zika’ in an elaborate prank.
Accompanied by a fake camera crew, Tyler Fischer, 29, pretended to be a reporter for BBC America, informing the public of the ‘news’ that Hillary was ill and that Donald Trump would ‘most likely be the next president of the United States’.
The New York-based actor received mixed reactions from the public – ranging from cheering to shock, sadness and conspiracy theories, while two people suggested they would commit suicide because of it – which he filmed for a video.
Dressed in a suit, Tyler stood in different spots on the streets of New York with a ‘BBC America’ microphone.
As he pretended to deliver his ‘report’, shocked crowds gathered around him and he approached members of the public for their reactions.
He also falsely accused the Democrat presidential candidate of having an ‘affair with Ben Carson’ and ‘sexting with Anthony Weiner’.
His video has been watched more than 180,000 times since he shared it on YouTube on Sunday.
He said: ‘Breaking news, breaking news, breaking news!
‘Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has just announced that she will be dropping out of the presidential race, making Donald Trump perhaps the next president of the United States.’
As he said the ‘news’ was announced ‘about five minutes ago’ passers who overheard what he said started responding to it.
A man and a woman both said: ‘Oh my God.’
As Tyler said ‘Donald Trump will most likely be the next president of the United States’ a man stood open-mouthed while a woman said: ‘No, you’re kidding.’
A man and a woman both individually claimed to have predicted it.
The woman said: ‘I knew that was going to happen, after that thing that she had the seizure.’