Joe Chandler does not know whether the next President of the United States is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. And don’t tell him! Because he plans on keeping it that way for the unforeseeable future.
The Brunswick, Ga., man has gone as far as to avoid all forms of media, and when he does have to go outside, he wears headphones and a sign that reads “I don’t know who won, and don’t want to. PLEASE DON’T TELL ME.”
“I divert my gaze from newspaper boxes […] I don’t venture out very often, and when I do, I wear my headphones and my sign, and people have been very respectful of my decision,” Chandler said in a Skype interview with “The Today Show.”
Chandler’s dedication to keeping himself in the dark began after he left an election party before Trump’s victory was called. He woke up the next day without knowing the winner and decided to keep the streak going.
“All I wanted to do is give myself 24 hours of blissful ignorance,” he said. “And I was talking to my daughter near Atlanta, and she said, ‘You know, you may be the only person in the country, other than those in a cave or something, who still doesn’t know.’”
How long will Chandler go without knowing the election? Even he doesn’t really know the answer to that.
“I’d like to make it to 2020,” he told WXIA, “but I’ll be lucky to make it to [tomorrow].”