Truck driver Jesse Morgan plunged into the midst of post-2020 election drama on Tuesday when he claimed at a press conference that he unintentionally drove a truck full of suspicious ballots from New York to the Pennsylvania before polling day.
“I know I’ve seen ballots with filled out return addresses,” said Morgan, who claims to work for a Postal Service contractor. “Thousands of them, thousands.”
Appearance at a voter fraud event staged by center-right Thomas More made Morgan the latest viral Trumpist right-wing star. And, fairly quickly, his claims were amplified by the president, his legal team, conservative groups not affiliated with the campaign, and Trump supporters themselves who all argued that nearly 300,000 fake mail-in ballots had been used in Pennsylvania, Morgan’s home state, to put Joe Biden on top.
The video of Morgan’s speech on Twitter has been viewed more than 3 million times – aided by a tweet from Trump – as the president and his campaign racked up more than 60,000 retweets of their own posts on Morgan. Sean Hannity dutifully put Morgan on his show.
One biographical detail that goes unspoken in all of this raises questions about the validity of Morgan’s already questionable claims. In addition to witnessing alleged electoral fraud, the man believes his family has been stalked across the country by ghosts.
Before becoming a hero in MAGAworld, Morgan was an amateur ghost hunter.
Morgan’s first success came with a 2016 video of a “shadow person” living in his basement, from where he claimed to hear strange noises.
“I will not be raising my daughters in a place that is haunted,” Morgan says in the video, dubbed “Shadow person filmed”.
Despite these noises, Morgan – again in the video – came down the stairs. But on his way down he saw a “shadow person”, who looked strangely like a normal human in a black morphsuit, watching him from the stairs. Morgan’s camera suddenly tilted and the supposed ghost disappeared.
Morgan claimed in a second video that he left his home because of the spirit, only to find his new home in York, Pennsylvania, also infested with spirits. In this shaky, weakly filmed video, dubbed “tracking the shadow person,” Morgan spoke of his concerns about paranormal infestations as a trinket moved suspiciously on a shelf behind him and a picture was flying off the shelf.
We don’t know what caused the last two signs of shadow people.
Morgan’s videos were a hit, earning her an appearance on a Travel Channel show about ghosts. In this appearance, he set forth his theory that the Shadow Person from his first house had not followed him, implying that he was haunted by several Shadow People.
“I haven’t seen the shadow guy since then,” Morgan said.
Morgan and his three brothers, who also claim to have been haunted, ultimately made a low-budget documentary about their brushes featuring ghosts and shadowmen. A financing argument for Shadows among us describes the Morgans as a “family haunted by paranormal events despite living in different parts of the country”.
Much of the Brothers’ movie in 2019 centered on Jesse Morgan’s blurry YouTube videos as evidence of the hauntings. At the end of the film, Morgan offered some practical advice on how to fight Shadow Spirits.
“He lives on your emotions, he lives on stress, he lives on dysfunction,” Morgan said. “So don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid. As crazy and silly as it sounds, walk around your house and say, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to go. It has helped me 1,000 times, to tell you the truth.
One Amazon reviewer remarked that they had never seen a movie on Amazon with such a poor score – at 2.1 out of 5 stars – while others wondered how the “documentary” could have come to be. streaming service in the first place. Another reviewer likened it to “listening to your most boring coworker drone over and over again.”
All ghost videos were removed from Morgan’s YouTube account shortly after the press conference. Morgan did not respond to a request for comment.
Morgan’s election fraud allegations on Tuesday also lacked a convincing premise. He claimed a series of “weird” incidents – including interactions with a postal worker he described as “a little rude” – during a truck ride from Bethpage, New York, to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He said these incidents convinced him that he had been trapped in some sort of electoral fraud scheme involving fake ballots. Much of Morgan’s speech centered on how he couldn’t find his favorite trailer at work a day after the alleged election fraud, which implied Morgan’s trailer was stolen for nefarious purposes.
“I liked this trailer,” Morgan said. “It was a great trailer.”
Despite the thin nature of the allegations, Morgan’s claims were promoted by a handful of Trump supporters. The press conference was hosted by Phill Kline, the former Kansas attorney general who was indefinitely suspended from practicing law in 2013 due to allegations of perjury and deceptive officials.
Kline told the press conference that he pressured Morgan over criminal history and drug addiction issues, in an attempt to test his honesty.
“Jessie revealed to me that he had been a drug addict, that he had been arrested, that he had served a sentence,” Kline said.
Pennsylvania court records show Morgan has been arrested multiple times. In the most serious case, Morgan faced a slew of charges in 2005, including counterfeiting, theft and receiving stolen goods. Morgan eventually pleaded guilty to the forgery charge and was sentenced to over six months in prison.
Kline claimed at the press conference that he was only revealing Morgan’s drug and crime background because he knew the media would eventually use Morgan’s story to attack his allegations of voter fraud. But neither Kline nor Morgan have revealed his position as a prominent supporter of ghost hunting.
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