The “jealous man” (Washington Examiner) who interrupted Marco Rubio’s rally on Sunday to accuse the Florida senator of stealing his girlfriend (“they met in New Hampshire and she doesn’t look at me in the same way anymore”) appears to be one half of a comedy duo that has infiltrated various events during the 2016 campaign.
- Protester interrupts @marcorubio– says that the senator stole his girlfriend in New Hampshire -> twitter.com/FUNboO40ag
- Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) March 13, 2016
A Buzzfeed reporter at the Rubio rally said on Twitter that it “seemed pretty clear he was acting.” On Monday, a photographer for Playboy photographed the pair wearing armbands at a Donald Trump rally, while a reporter for The Boston Globe noted that the very same men had been seen behind Hillary Clinton last month wearing shirts that said “Settle for Hillary.” It didn’t take long after that for Twitter to find other signs of the pair.
- Political pranksters: Guys in “Trump armbands” appear to be same guys in “Settle for Hillary” shirts at her rally. twitter.com/8d0TVTWleJ—Matt Viser (@mviser) March 14, 2016
- In February they showed up at a Ted Cruz rally in New Hampshire, where they disrupted the proceedings by claiming the Texas senator has a “demonic soul.”
- On the day of the Iowa caucuses, they made a scene at a Jeb Bush rally in Des Moines, asking to be paid for their time in attendance. The description for a YouTube video of the event asked for information on the “two BS hucksters” called them “metrosexual hipster nancy-boys.”
- In January, they were escorted from a Trump rally in Iowa for yelling at the candidate that he was “boring” and that they “came here to be entertained.”
- In December they posted a video about trying to build an “asshole wall” outside Trump Tower, to keep the building’s many assholes from leaving the building and running for president. The description of the video revealed their names: Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler. The video was shot by Charlotte Kaufman.
Performing as the Good Liars, Selvig and Stiefler act as “guerrilla comedians” in order to—as an interviewer put it in 2013—“wage war against unscrupulous corporations, corrupt politicians, idiotic ideologies.” It would be, Selvig said, as if the Yes Men had sex with Borat, and produced twins.