Yes, Texas man named 'Literally Anybody Else' is running for president
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The claim: Texas man changed his name to ‘Literally Anybody Else,’ announced presidential run
A March 26 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) shows a photo of a man next to photos of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

“A 35-year-old man in Texas has legally changed his name to ‘Literally Anybody Else’ and announces he will attempt to run for President, against Trump and Biden,” reads the post.

It received more than 3,500 shares in less than a week.

File this one under strange but true. A man formerly known as Dustin Ebey provided USA TODAY with documentation showing he legally changed his name to “Literally Anybody Else” out of frustration with voters’ options in the 2024 presidential race. Else started a campaign website and is working to collect signatures in Texas.

Driver's license for Literally Anybody Else, a 35-year-old Texas man who changed his name to protest the prospect of a rematch of the Biden/Trump presidential election.
Name is odd, but campaign is real
Else showed USA TODAY his driver’s license and court documents affirming he obtained his new name in January, leaving behind his birth name of Dustin Ebey.

Else said he initially purchased the domain name in 2023 because he suspected others shared his dissatisfaction with presidential candidates in recent election cycles. He thought he could potentially sell merchandise, such as T-shirts and bumper stickers, with the slogan.

His disheartenment reached a tipping point when it became clear there would be a rematch between Trump and Biden in 2024.

He began the process of changing his name and setting up a campaign, which Dallas' WFAA-TV covered in a March 22 story. Else said the story triggered a flood of new supporters and media requests from around the world, which makes him more optimistic about collecting the more than 113,000 signatures needed to be listed as an independent candidate on the Texas ballot.

“I’m not just complaining, I’ve taken action. I’ve taken this step, this sacrifice," he said. "Changing your identity is hard. That’s me, my name, Dustin Ebey was … who I’ve been for 35 years, and now I have to put that identity on hold to assume the persona and identity of someone who can run the country."

Else said he's seeking counsel from experts in various fields to flesh out the details of his policy agenda. In the meantime, his website lists his positions on a handful of topics including healthcare, education and the border with Mexico.

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