Russia Throws US Election for Republicans by Backing Democrat Causes

This whole Trump-Russia collusion thing continues to fascinate. At this stage I’m approaching the conclusion that those pushing the line are spectacularly thick, rather than merely conniving. I can’t remember the details because this story has had so many twists and turns, but a couple of months ago the MSM was going full steam ahead on the meetings between Trump’s people and Putin’s mob, when all of a sudden the fingers started pointing towards individuals who were well-placed within the Democratic party. The media dropped the story like a hot stone, but it raised the question of who was driving this narrative. Surely the Democrats would have known that any investigation would implicate them, but they went ahead with it anyway.

Then last week we got news that “Russians” had placed adverts on Facebook during the presidential election, paying in the region of $50k-$100k for them. As Streetwise Professor points out, Hillary spent $400 million on adverts. And she still lost. Whatever the causes of her loss, a hundred grand on Facebook adverts wasn’t it.

But common sense is in short supply in the MSM, and they continued to peddle the story anyway. Only no-one stopped to ask “What were the adverts?” before leaping to the conclusion that they must have been pro-Trump, coming from Russia an’ all. But now we discover this:

A social media campaign calling itself “Blacktivist” and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the U.S. presidential election, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

Both Blacktivist accounts, each of which used the handle Blacktivists, regularly shared content intended to stoke outrage. “Black people should wake up as soon as possible,” one post on the Twitter account read. “Black families are divided and destroyed by mass incarceration and death of black men,” another read. The accounts also posted videos of police violence against African Americans.

The page also publicized at least seven rallies and demonstrations around the country in 2016. The events ranged from the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party to a march in Baltimore commemorating the death of Freddie Gray. In several cases, it appears that the events were real, and were organized by other groups, but that the Blacktivist account was working to increase turnout.

“We are fed up with police violence, racism, intolerance and injustice that passed down from generation to generation. We are fed up with government ignorance and the system failing black people,” the page’s description of the march for Freddie Gray read.

In short, these paid Russian trolls simply repeated the same stuff Black Lives Matter spreads around, amplifying one of the main causes of the Democrat base. Lest we forget, Barack Obama met with Black Lives Matter representatives at the White House.

Of course, Russians seeking to publicise and exaggerate the issue of racial tensions in the US is as old as the hills, and was a key staple of Soviet propaganda whenever the US questioned their own human rights abuses. But the point the media and their lackeys are missing is that these divisions which Russia is supposedly seeking to exploit were not created by them: they existed already, and if anything were made an order of magnitude larger by the White House’s previous occupant and his wife. The idea that Russia has unduly influenced American politics by spending a hundred grand on Twitter trolls and Facebook adverts and peddling the central message of Obama’s supporters is laughable.

The irony is that the Russian propaganda may have had some effect, but not in the way the Democrats and media think, and acknowledging its real effects would destroy their own narrative. They want us to believe that Russia paid for trolls to back Trump and criticise Hillary, and the electorate fell for it. What actually happened is Russia tried to exploit the existing chaos caused by Obama’s policies and his open support of outfits like Black Lives Matter, and did so by amplifying the divisions those policies encouraged if not created. When ordinary Americans saw what had happened to their country, they turned away from the candidate who sought to govern in the same manner.

As I said, a hundred grand and fake Twitter accounts wouldn’t have had any impact on the US election, but there is a delightful irony in the fact that if they did, it would have been by supporting and amplifying the causes that core Democrat voters hold dear. So did those pushing the narrative not think somebody would eventually find out what the adverts were for, or did they just trip over themselves to publish a story about Russian trolls throwing the election without bothering to find out? Whatever the case, I think we’re simply dealing with people who aren’t very bright. Perhaps that’s been Trump’s game all along, simply feed them enough rope to hang themselves. Where the MSM goes with the Russia collusion story now is anyone’s guess, but I’m wise enough by now to be certain they’ll not drop it. At this stage, what else do they have left?

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18 thoughts on “Russia Throws US Election for Republicans by Backing Democrat Causes

  1. Yes the US Marxist far outclass the lightweight soviet ones these days when it comes to exploiting hair line cracks in US society, especially the black one, the most privileged, organised, well funded and successful victims in the western world. Just look at the current NFL disgrace to see how good the US are at doing themselves in on that score these days.

    So where could the MSM have a shot at Trump, what about the recent Chad embargo, what a fucking joke, and never mind stopping folk getting in. What about his election promise to deport foreign criminals from the prison system that are already there, from the first day, what about these two situations Mr President, what do you have to say about each of them?

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  2. They just don’t like the result and won’t face what it means. It would mean finally admitting (after decades of people saying) that Hillary was really not the woman to back and maybe US people could no longer be controlled by the liberals/MSM.

    It’s quite a natural reaction immediately after having your world view shifted. Adults tend to get a bit pissed off, and rapidly try and learn lessons and adapt. Immature people keep fighting it.

  3. Except that “amplifying” BLM stuff will have a similar effect on the Republican turnout as did the rest of the amplifying of the “progressive leftist” political correctness – in the last season it was the incessant political correctness shit testing and calling people out for not being sufficiently transqueer onmessage.

    It’s a backlash generator in other words, not that I think it’s a particularly effective one. So perhaps you can accuse the Russians of increasing voter turnout. Which is something both sides seem to want!

  4. “Barack Obama met with Black Lives Matter representatives at the White House”

    That’s nothing, what about when he took up the case of that drugged up violent criminal teenager that was bashing an armed neighborhood watch guys head into the pavement after he caught him thieving ………….

    “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    Just as well he didn’t then.

  5. ” So did those pushing the narrative not think somebody would eventually find out what the adverts were for…?”

    Yes, but that’s tomorrow. In their world they seek advantage now.

    That’s the left all over: no understanding of consequences, yet alone unforeseen ones.

  6. @Dom – “Trayvon Martin? He wasn’t caught stealing.”

    A tongue in cheek comment on the origin of BLM.

  7. Bardon: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    Just as well he didn’t then.

    Or to take it one step further for the lamentable error known as Obama:

    “If I had a son, he’d be stone cold just like Trayvon.”

  8. @Watcher

    Last one from me as I could go on

    “if we had a race baiting President he would look just like Obama”

    By the by, JFK was the last good’un in my books.

  9. It was always a fake story.

    But look at how much time and effort conservatives have put into disputing and refuting it.

    Look at how it interfered with Trump’s effectiveness for months. We got Mueller out of it, and he’s still out there trying to bring people down, with the power of the DOJ behind him.

    It will eventually peter out, with no grand announcement that it was all a lie, and the Democrats will simply move on to the next lie. They will never feel ashamed, because they’re sure they’re just using tough tactics to fight evil.

    I’d say it was a very effective tactic on their part, and we should in no way be satisfied that it ended well. It didn’t.

  10. Not such a stretch to think the Putin regime would want to exploit existing fault lines to help stir up whatever shit it could in the West. It’s been a specialty of the Russian state for at least the last century.
    And it’s no surprise either that the people most susceptible to posting anti-Western agitprop from RT or Sputnik on their Facebook and Twitter feeds seem to comprise a mix of leftier-than-thou types and alt-righties. The West is either too capitalist or too girly, take your pick. Dry tinder.
    I’d say you’ve got it half right about the MSM.

  11. Not such a stretch to think the Putin regime would want to exploit existing fault lines to help stir up whatever shit it could in the West. It’s been a specialty of the Russian state for at least the last century.

    This is important, which is why I mentioned it in the post. Hey, I have no problem with the US showing concern over Russia trying to exploit divisions and sow chaos, but that’s not what’s happening. Instead, the political establishment is tying itself in knots to find something to do with Russia they can pin on Trump and kick him out of office. If Russia exploiting divisions is their primary concern they might want to avoid exacerbating those divisions in the first place, but for that they’d need to criticise Obama and his wife, and that would never do.

  12. Except that “amplifying” BLM stuff will have a similar effect on the Republican turnout as did the rest of the amplifying of the “progressive leftist” political correctness

    Yes, that’s what I meant when I said “The irony is that the Russian propaganda may have had some effect, but not in the way the Democrats and media think…”

    If Russia exposed the population to more insane Dem policies driving them into the arms of Trump, then indeed they influenced the election. I’d dearly love to see the media tackle that one!

  13. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    That was a disgrace, pure race-hustling at its worst. He said it in the middle of an ongoing investigation in the hope of prejudicing the outcome in a way that would please his black supporters. Third-world stuff.

  14. If Russia exploiting divisions is their primary concern they might want to avoid exacerbating those divisions in the first place, but for that they’d need to criticise Obama and his wife, and that would never do.

    No, Russia was/is exacerbating, not exploiting, those divisions. And there are plenty people on both sides of those divides who are more than happy to play along. There is a reason Russian propaganda and troll farms boosted the extremes of left and right in the US election, and not, say, Clinton or any of the sane Republican primary candidates. Also why they seem pretty keen on Western national independence movements. Western confusion, chaos and paralysis is an end in itself.
    Obama’s great sin was his obliviousness to foreign threats of this type while in office.

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  16. @ Polkamatic – “Western confusion, chaos and paralysis is an end in itself.”

    This is a good point and it makes perfect sense as an objective for those that plan for the downfall of the West, including both the fifth columnists within and the Russian propagandists from outside that may well be working both sides of the schism to achieve this end. Although this widening of the fault line could backfire on those that seek this political outcome as the further polarization of the American people gathers strength, which now seems inevitable, it may in fact be the very circumstance that forces what was a previously silent and more traditional American majority to mobilize and fully engage in the “debate”.

    Fracture mechanics support this argument as well.

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