CHARLOTTE, NC – After viewing a viral video supporting Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, local voter Travis Pickett says he will now vote for Johnson.
The video featured a parody of the song “Hotline Bling” and featured an assortment of video clips of dogs doing tricks.
“I wasn’t sure who the heck I was going to vote for but then I watched this YouTube video that had these dogs dancing around to a song about Gary Johnson and I thought that was kinda funny so I might as well vote for Gary Johnson now,” said Pickett. “I wasn’t looking for any political videos but I saw this video while I was supposed to be working and the dogs were funny and made me laugh so that’s good and then there was this high pitched voice at the end that said ‘vote for Glen Johnson’ and I was like, sure. Why not? I don’t know anything about any of his policies or principles, or even what party he is, but the video was funny so he’s got my vote.”
Prior to watching the video Pickett says he was an undecided and wasn’t sure if he would vote at all in the November election.
“I haven’t really been paying attention,” said Pickett. “I knew there was an election, I’m not dumb. I just wasn’t sure who I was going to vote for – at least until I saw that video of the dancing dogs. Now I know who to vote for for sure. Unless one of the other candidates comes out with a video that’s funnier. But I don’t see that happening. At least for a couple weeks.”
The creator of the video, Dean Skidmore, says he had hoped to change people’s mind about Johnson.
“I posted a video a couple years ago of a dog standing on its hind legs and it was kind of dancing so I put a dance song with the video and uploaded it and it really changed people’s lives,” said Skidmore. “I thought, wow, if I could use that power to really change the world. So that’s what I’m doing with this video. I found some funny dog videos then made a version of ‘Hotline Bling’ but with my own lyrics and then I uploaded it to YouTube and now it’s ready to change people’s minds about politics.”
With the video becoming a success, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are looking at similar videos.
“We have an idea, but right now we’re not sure how it’s going to play to the American public,” said Mark Yardley, campaign manager for Clinton. “I don’t want to give too much away, but it involves everyone’s favorite ‘grumpy’ cat reacting to things that Trump says. It’s going to be amazing.”
Johnson says he has not seen video himself but looks forward to viewing after the election.
“What’s YouTube?” said Johnson. “It’s what? Sounds like some commie bullshit to me. And what’s the deal with dancing dogs? People like that shit? I guess it takes all kinds. I might watch it after the election. I won’t have anything else to do. But I’m glad it got me another vote. I think that brings my total up to 49 (votes). A strong number for a third party candidate. Whatsherbut, the Green Party chick, she only has one vote so far so I’m kicking her ass.”