Woman claims she scammed money from Republicans by posing as shunned Trump supporter

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A woman on Twitter has claimed to have scammed money out of Republicans by masquerading as a Donald Trump supporter.

Conservatives began flocking to a viral post shared by the Twitter user @chckpeas who announced that she was a Trump supporter and as a black woman, wasn't prepared to hide anymore.

At the time of writing, the tweet had received over 8,000 retweets and 24,000 likes, with many of the replies appearing to support her political alignment.

She followed this up with a tweet claiming that her parents had disowned her and were refusing to pay her university tuition fees.

Included in the tweet was a link to a GoFundMe page asking Republicans to help her out during this time.

The student, who has since been identified as Quran, shared further tweets explaining that she had been kicked out of her house and even posted screenshots of a text conversation she had with her mother.

Her tweet with the GoFundMe link was posted on October 31 and by November 3 she claimed that enough money had been donated to her for her to be able to afford her 'tuition, rent and 17 iPhones.'

An article by Elle, where she is referred to by the name Karen, reports that $150,000 was donated to her but a contrasting report by NY Magsaid that she didn't raise anywhere near that.

She told NY Mag that she had refunded everything that she had received which was said to be around $200, with GoFundMe apparently refunding at least $90.

Speaking to the publication, she claims that she didn't "scam" anyone but felt "weird" about taking their money.

That’s the thing though: I didn’t [scam anyone]. I just felt really weird about taking their money.

This could go south really fast, I just decided to refund everyone and give their money back. I think it was like maybe $200 at that point.

I just honestly didn’t want to take their money. Yeah, I can’t pay for school but I don’t want Republican money to pay for it.

I just want everyone to think I’m the finesse queen, which I am.

The GoFundMe campaign has since been shut down by Quran herself and is no longer accessible.

She has since posted a series of tweets attacking Trump and Republicans.

Quran, who is studying art history at Howard University Hbcu in Washington DC, initially wanted to troll black Republicans, who were part of the so-called #WalkAway and Blexit movements.

However, that didn't quite work out as the tweet attracted traditional Republican supporters, so she decided to do something a little extra.

It was just straight Republicans all in the comments who were so proud of me. It was weird. It was very unnerving.

A lot of Republicans have this idea that everyone thinks Republicans are mostly racist and they’re really desperate to get that stigma off of them. I just felt like capitalising on that.

I was at 900 likes. I told my friend, ‘I feel like this is gonna blow up. Let’s try and get some money off these dumb, rich Republicans.

It would appear that she hasn't shown any remorse for the Republicans that were duped as she has continued to troll them on Twitter, even posting a screenshot of an order she has placed for a new iPhone XS Max


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