It’s the day after “Election Day 2016,” and while everyone is trying to figure out what was so wrong with our country that it decided to elect a man like Donald Trump as president comes “news” about a crazy rumor suggesting that a large number of Americans literally PLAYED with their vote by voting for an animal (or a bottle of liquor) instead of the 2 humans chosen to represent our nation’s biggest political parties.

When faced between “corrupt/lying” Democrat Hillary Clinton and “racist/sexist/xenophobic” Republican Donald Trump, many Americans were vocal about not being able choose what side of history they wanted to be on, which is totally understandable. Lots of Republicans didn’t want to vote for Trump, and, for what it’s worth, lots of Democrats didn’t want to vote for Clinton, which made things overall VERY confusing and/or frustrating.

Apparently, the hate for both candidates was so strong that some Americans decided to vote for Harambe (you know, the dead gorilla), while others decided to vote for Hennessy, a type of cognac that is very popular among Black people.

There are claims online that Harambe received an INSANE amount of votes — over 10,000 — however, because “Harambe” (and “Hennessy” too) — were write-in votes, they weren’t officially counted. This means that while some people likely did vote for “Harambe and Hennessy,” it would be nearly impossible to know the exact number.

Even though this was clearly a close race, it’s also highly unlikely that those votes effectively “gave” Trump the election, considering his margins were more than 50,000 in some of the states he won.

But that hasn’t stopped Twitter from being pissed off and expressing their distaste for American citizens who basically threw away their votes (even though the number hasn’t been confirmed):

https://twitter.com/BrandiAnn_/status/796230873792258048

https://twitter.com/aidenbiz/status/796228389765988352

https://twitter.com/csydelko/status/796223990029119488

https://twitter.com/GoCrazyHecToR/status/796256891395391488

So, the answer to your question of “Did 15,000 Americans REALLY vote for Harambe (or Hennessy)?” is probably NO.

Maybe a few hundred threw away their vote for a dead gorilla and/or a bottle of liquor, but anyone who is reporting numbers in the thousands are probably basing it on this fake report from satire website Daily Snark and shouldn’t be trusted anyhow.