Presidential Candidates Mocked By Fake Domain Names

Carly Fiorina has surely been planning her presidential nomination for weeks, but failed to secure all domain names possibly. Rookie move, Fiorina.
Carly Fiorina has surely been planning her presidential nomination for weeks, but failed to secure all domain names possibly. Rookie move, Fiorina. –Scott Olson/Getty Images

Carly Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, and now she’s running to be the nation’s first female president. But she wasn’t the first to claim the domain carlyfiorina.org.

Fiorina announced her candidacy Monday. Her campaign website is carlyforpresident.com—carlyfiorina.com also redirects there—but somebody who’s clearly upset with her snagged the dot-org URL.

That site is a single-page public shaming of Fiorina for the 30,000 layoffs she authorized at Hewlett-Packard. Each layoff, which the site clarifies were “people with families,’’ is personified through a single sad-face emoticon. It takes about four minutes and 45 seconds to scroll through them all.

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This isn’t the first instance of a website trolling for potential presidential nominees. Ted Cruz owns TedCruz.org. Those who visit TedCruz.com hoping to get information about the Texas senator instead just see a message urging support for President Barack Obama and immigration reform. Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, has clashed with the White House on the issue.

Another jab at Cruz through domain-name antics plays off of his disagreement of Obama’s health care law. TedCruzforAmerica.com redirects to HealthCare.gov. In February, Cruz introduced an “Obamacare Repeal Act.’’

Is this the latest way to lambast presidential candidates? It’s absolutely a way to get the attention of people who aren’t the best at Google (Psst: Here’s a collection of the official 2016 presidential campaign websites so far). The lesson here is clear: Claim all the domain names you can.

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