So much disinformation mischief this evening, some poked at by Trump himself if only to draw attention from his venal stupidity with his DNI choices / purges.
Bloomberg’s campaign is exploiting the anti-Bernie fervor as are a variety of bridge-dwellers, still failing to disabuse Democrats of the skepticism that marketing is more important than voters
And there are Bloom-bots:
— CrazySean Ã°ÂÂÂ³Ã¯Â¸ÂÃ¢ÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂ (@crazyseandx) February 22, 2020
Russia’s effort to target Bernie Sanders supporters after the 2016 primaries in a bid to help swing the election to Donald Trump was more “central” to their strategy than previously known, according to an analysis by researchers at Clemson University.
The researchers analyzed English-language tweets originating from Russia, many as part of the country’s effort to influence the 2016 election, and found that the targeting of Sanders supporters was “central” to their strategy, the Washington Post reports.
It’s impossible to say how many tweets targeted Sanders supporters without mentioning his name, but researchers found that around 9,000 Russian-sourced tweets used the word “Bernie.” The tweets were “liked” 59,281 times and retweeted 61,804 times. Thousands of other tweets were also targeted at Sanders supporters in an attempt to dissuade them from backing Hillary Clinton but did not mention Sanders by name.
“I think there is no question that Sanders was central to their strategy. He was clearly used as a mechanism to decrease voter turnout for Hillary Clinton,” Clemson communications professor Darren Linvill told the Post, adding that the analysis shows the targeted tweets came at a “ higher volume than people thought.”
Many of the tweets were aimed at disillusioned Sanders supporters who believed he was treated unfairly by the Democratic Party. Other tweets simply disparaged Clinton.
- “Conscious Bernie Sanders supporters already moving towards the best candidate Trump! #Feel the Bern #Vote Trump 2016,” said a tweet by an account with the name “Red Louisiana News,” that was actually operated from Russia.
- “#BlackMenForBernie Leader Switches to Trump! I will Never Vote for Hillary, Welcome aboard the Trump Train,” said a tweet by a purported “Southern, Conservative Pro God, Anti Racism” Twitter user from Texas with 72,121 followers that was actually operated from Russia.
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) February 22, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2020