Donald Trump has been retweeting the actor Randy Quaid. Twitter has promptly been flagging those tweets with “This claim about election fraud is disputed”. And yes, the whole thing is extremely weird.
It took a few days for the president to notice Randy Quaid’s tweets about the election fraud. When he did, he quote tweeted several of them during a short period, adding his own words of encouragement to second Quaid’s thoughts on the possibility of election fraud. Like many of Donald Trump’s posts since election day, Twitter has flagged the tweets.
Randy also posted some videos, which Trump picked up. They’re bizarre. Here’s one…
Here’s an older one which Trump dug up…
If you read this and your first thought is, “Who’s Randy Quaid?” you’re not alone. You have probably seen him in plenty of films, he’s just been out of the public eye for quite some time. Randy Quaid is probably best known for playing the socially oblivious Cousin Eddie in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series, and he’s played a fair number of side parts in comedies like Not Another Teen Movie and Kingpin.
Randy Quaid was also Russell Casse in Independence Day and played Joe Aguirre in Brokeback Mountain. Many years ago, he was nominated for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He’s been a part of some major classics, including The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, What’s Up, Doc?, and The Last Detail. Randy Quaid has played many strange characters, so maybe his Twitter account is on-brand?
In recent years, he hasn’t been working much as an actor. His personal life has become messy, to say the least. In 2010 he faced vandalism charges after he squatted in a home he and his wife previously owned. The pair fled to Canada, where she was granted citizenship and he was not. Upon his attempted return to the United States, Randy Quaid was taken into custody. During his time in Canada, he was interviewed by Vanity Fair about a group he calls “the Hollywood Star Whackers”. He believes the group is responsible for killing many celebrities and continues to be a threat.
These days, he posts a lot about American politics on social media. Randy Quaid is probably fairly excited about getting noticed by Trump on Twitter. He’s been a fan of the current president since before the 2016 election and has been posting political tweets consistently since that time. During the previous election, he released a video singing “Bye Bye, Bernie” when Bernie Sanders lost to Hilary Clinton, making her the nominee for the Democratic Party. The video ends with him singing, “I like Trump better anyhow.” Apparently, that love has not waned for Randy Quaid.
While Randy Quaid spends a lot of his time on Twitter, where he has 315k followers, he also has a deep video library on YouTube. His 15.6k subscribers there can listen to him rant about politics in a very dramatic manner, with the camera zoomed in close on his face. Quaid’s videos have titles like “Nap Time Equals Benghazi!!!” and “Resign New York Times!” Completely normal.
Now that Donald Trump has noticed Randy Quaid’s Twitter, is it the start of a bizarre friendship? Randy Quaid seems hopeful.