A man has baffled the internet after admitting he voted for Joe Biden because he wants his Instagram to go back to being about himself and ‘how good he looks’ — but some people thought he was on to something.
Alex Garcia, 28, from Miami, Florida, went viral after speaking with Miami Herald reporter Lautaro Grinspan about why he switched his vote to Biden at the last second after initially planning on supporting Donald Trump.
‘I just spoke with 28yr-old Miamian Alex Garcia. He said he woke up today thinking he was going to vote for Trump BUT he changed his mind at the voting booth,’ Grinspan tweeted.
Candid: Alex Garcia, 28, from Miami, Florida, told reporter Lautaro Grinspan he voted for Joe Biden because he wanted his Instagram to ‘be about himself again’ and ‘how good he looks’
Going viral: Grinspan tweeted Garcia’s comment and later a link to his Instagram page
‘He ended up picking Biden to “go back to normal,”‘ the journalist explained, adding a quote from Garcia: ‘I just want my Instagram to be about me again, and how good I look.’
More than 37,000 people liked Grinspan’s tweet about Garcia’s last-minute switch, but the consensus was mixed in the comments.
Some Twitter users were appalled by his seemingly self-absorbed reasoning, with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro writing: ‘Not everybody should vote.’
Another person called it a ‘semi-disturbing justification for the last-minute change,’ while someone else noted: ‘This is the most Miami thing I’ve ever seen.’
Biden supporters agreed they would take the vote no matter what Garcia’s thought process was at the time. Author Saeed Jomes event started the hashtag ‘#Himbos4Biden’ in his honor.
Distracted? Garcia, who hasn’t posted any new photos of himself since July, voted for the first time ever on Tuesday
Mixed reviews: Some people were appalled by his seemingly self-absorbed reasoning, but others praised him for it
‘What’s his insta – if Biden wins we’ll all tell him how good he looks until he blushes down to his toes,’ one person insisted.
There were also those who understood what he was saying, explaining that a lot of people were sick of the never-ending news cycle surrounding Trump.
‘Everyone is dunking on this but I legit believe that many people who wouldn’t normally vote are out there voting for Biden just so they can stop caring about politics for a bit,’ one person commented.
‘I’ll take it! Don’t we all want our social media to go back to normal?’ another asked.
‘Absolutely agree. I am not interested in this person’s insta, but I want to not have to pay attention to what president mcwhineypants says all the time,’ someone else shared. ‘I want to go back to when I never had to see him because I can’t stand reality TV.’
More to it: Garcia, who is gay, later shared that it was really the ‘moral battle’ between his Cuban upbringing and his personal beliefs that led him to change his vote at the last minute
Not alone: Plenty of people understood what he was saying about Instagram and even agreed with him, explaining that they were sick of the never-ending news cycle surrounding Trump
Many people were also dedicated to finding Garcia’s Instagram, which Grinspan provided a link to the next day.
Garcia later elaborated on his reasoning for supporting Biden, telling BuzzFeed News that this year’s election marked his first time voting.
The fashion recruiter, who is gay, said it was really the ‘moral battle’ between his Cuban upbringing and his personal beliefs that led him to change his vote at the last minute.
Garcia shared that he planned on voting for Trump, but, ‘I sat there and thought about all the gay people who were literally going to throw me off a bridge when they find out what I did.’
He was admittedly surprised by how many people responded positively to his facetious comment about why he voted for Biden, but he gets it.
‘I know people share that sentiment. I know everybody feels this way in my age group,’ he said. ‘Can we go back to the super social social media?’