In a hilarious but frightening turn of events, the White House was infiltrated by a woman calling herself Kacey Montagu, who happens to be a fictional avatar from the popular video game Roblox, where users are able to create their own virtual reality.
Montagu described herself as the chief political correspondent for the “White House News,” and even created fake Twitter accounts in order to infiltrate the White House press corps. Taking it one step further, she convinced actual reporters to ask questions on her behalf at press briefings, saying that she could not attend herself due to COVID protocols.
The infiltrator originally began her scheme as something to boast about on the Roblox gaming platform, as she was part of a role-playing group called nUSA, in which people from around the world participate in a mock U.S. government exercise. In the group, Montagu had taken on the role of Secretary of State, but had resigned soon after because “the [nUSA] President went to war with some U.K. and I thought it was a pretty bad idea!”
The fact that Montagu was able to do this is both hilarious and concerning. She created two Twitter accounts: @WHschedule and @WHpoolreport, both of which have since been suspended. According to reporting from Louder With Crowder, “The accounts tweeted the schedule of the president, the vice president, and the two spouses. The accounts were so efficient that they ‘got attention from insiders’ and were followed by multiple White House correspondents AND White House officials.”
Through these accounts, Montagu communicated with reporters, and was able to plant questions with a reporter from the Washington Blade: “How involved is former President Obama and First Lady Obama in the Biden – Harris administration? Is President Biden seeking to bring back the often bipartisan portrait unveiling events at the White House?” These questions were asked of Jen Psaki, who had been unknowingly answering the infiltrator’s questions for weeks. White House officials had even circled back to Montagu with more information on multiple occasions.
After left-wing news outlet Politico began investigating who Kacey Montagu was, it was discovered that she was an imposter. Though she did not reveal who she actually is, she did reveal her motives for the elaborate scheme, stating: “I love journalism, and I think the Press Corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment, so I decided I would ensure some transparency and ask some questions me and some friends wanted the answer to.”
Louder With Crowder made another important point in their coverage of this story, writing: “The only way it could get more perfect is after the media doxxes ‘Kacey,’ which you know they’re going to do, and we find out ‘Kacey’ is a 13-year-old with too much time on his or her hands.”