400 Pound Hacker

400 Pound Hacker

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400 Pound Hacker refers to a comment made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the first 2016 United States Presidential Debate in which he disparagingly suggested the hacker in the Democratic National Committee Email Leak could be a someone on their bed who weighs 400 pounds.

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While discussing the Democratic National Committee Email Leak, Trump said that while Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was certain the culprit was Russia, it could just as easily have been China or "someone sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds."



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Shortly after the comment, Twitter users reacted at the bizarreness of the comment. Some tweets included photos of South Park and Simpsons characters.[5] One tweet by @pattymo[1] suggested Trump lost the alt-right vote with the comment, and gained nearly 7,800 retweets and 20,000 favorites in two days (shown below).


Patrick Monahan @pattymo Following Trump's jab at 400-pound guys sitting online in bed may have lost him the alt-right

Sure enough, backlash to the comment came from 4Chan users, according to articles from The Daily Beast[2] and Forward,[4] who called 4Chan an alt-right board. The Anonymous Twitter account tweeted a picture of a Boogie wearing the Anonymous mask saying "@realdonaldtrump, hey you called?"[3]


Anonymous @YourAnonNews Follow @realdonaldtrump hey you called? #debates ▼ PORTAL Z MAN CAVE [ANONYMITY INTENSIFIES

Uproxx[5] covered Twitter's reaction, while Yahoo[6] covered Trump's fatshaming. CNet,[8] Gizmodo,[9] Mic,[10] and more covered the comment.

A Novelty Twitter Account was devoted to the 400 pound hacker and gained over 700 followers.[7]

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Follow Mike Tunison @xmasape when people expect you to be 400 lbs and you're a reasonably fit 220 Jeffrey A Tucker @jeffreyatucker Follow the hacker!!! #debatenight Curtis Harris @curtismharris Follow Trump uncovers the DNC hacker GIF "It could be Russia, but it could also be China. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds." Trump Kurt Wisniewski @KBWiz Follow @SouthPark @HeroMysterion @BobbleCapStan @lEricCartman Here's a shout out to the 400 lb hackers... COMPUTER LA8 enes ALWAYS P---! ) Nikki NikKiAgain Follow Breaking News: 400 po #DNCleak #Debates2016 Y und guy responsible for

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