Like professional wrestling and reality TV political dirty tricks are a grand American tradition that seem to be still going strong. On 27 September the American right-wing activist group Project Veritas published a video on YouTube containing allegations of major election fraud in Minneapolis, centred on the Somali community. The evidence, as they presented it, seemed damning.

The key piece of evidence was a Snapchat video featuring Liban Osman, brother of the newly elected City Councilman Jamal Hassan. It appeared to show Osman bragging about the role of money in politics and claiming that he had three hundred ballots, gathered from local voters, in his car. Envelopes, apparently containing ballots, were visible on his dashboard.