America Must Confront the Reality That Russia Helped Elect Trump

Russia waged a sophisticated and systematic propaganda campaign to damage Hillary Clinton and boost Donald Trump, leading to his Electoral College victory. While it is exceptionally difficult to isolate a single determinative factor in the outcome of a presidential election, the evidence that Russia had a tangible impact is overwhelming and incontrovertible, with disturbing new details emerging by the week. That includes growing evidence of electoral system hacking.

The scale and scope of Russia’s efforts is mind-boggling: social media ads, thousands of professional trolls, bots spreading false stories, email hacking, weaponizing WikiLeaks, highly suspicious contact with the Trump campaign, and much more.

Molly McKew on Twitter

From 6 identified Russian Facebook fronts: 340 million shares, 19 million user interactions. From 6 accounts.

Kyle Griffin on Twitter

WP: Pinterest acknowledges the site became a repository for 1000s of political posts created by Russian operatives.

Caroline O. on Twitter

WOW. Russians even used Pokémon Go in their influence campaign aimed at exploiting racial tensions in America.

In the words of a computer security expert quoted by McClatchy, Russia conducted a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” To suggest that no votes were impacted by Russian intrusion is to defy common sense. If one mind was changed, if one voter was turned against Clinton, Russian interference altered the outcome. The implications are grave: The sitting U.S. president is in office partly because a hostile foreign power intervened on his behalf.

This is not a partisan issue. Anyone who cares about the integrity of U.S. elections and about the fairness and legitimacy of the outcome should vociferously reject Russia’s cyberattack on American democracy. And anyone who thinks the intrusion ended in 2016 is dangerously mistaken.

Justin Hendrix on Twitter

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms

Laura Rosenberger on Twitter

There are times I would have liked to be wrong. But our worst fears, confirmed right here.

Talking Points Memo on Twitter

Russia appeared to target Wisconsin’s elections body via a banner or pop up ad

Greg Sargent on Twitter

Mueller’s team met w/Chris Steele, and they took Steele dossier more seriously than previously known, CNN reports:

Josh Schwerin on Twitter

WaPo:Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign

Matthew Miller on Twitter

For all the talk of aides, one q is clearly driving Mueller to push so hard, so fast: has POTUS himself been compromised by a foreign power.

Brian Klaas on Twitter

June 9, 2016: Russians met Manafort, Kushner, Don Jr July 7: Manafort offers private briefing July 27: Trump: “Russia, if you’re listening”

Kyle Griffin on Twitter

Mueller has requested records on: -Flynn firing -Comey firing -Trump’s WH meeting w/ Russians -The misleading Trump Tower meeting statement

All of the Russia investigations, explained

In a sense, the Russia story that’s so enveloping Washington today actually started last July, when the FBI opened an investigation into Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. Now, roughly one year later, that investigation is still open, and lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are conducting inquiries of their own.

Catch up on the entire Trump-Russia scandal in just 6 minutes

It’s been tough to keep track of all the allegations, counter-allegations, denials, revelations, leaks, and tweets surrounding the connections between Russia, the 2016 election, and President Donald Trump’s administration. Here’s a quick guide to what we know (and what we don’t). So, did Russia interfere in the 2016 election?

Reuters Top News on Twitter

Facebook says it will share some 3,000 Russia-linked political ads with Congress. Find out more:

Mother Jones on Twitter

Fake news on Twitter-including from Russia-flooded swing states that helped Trump win

Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit divisions over black political activism and Muslims

The batch of more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over to Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African-American rights groups including Black Lives Matter and others suggesting that these same groups pose a rising political threat, say people familiar with the covert influence campaign.

Manu Raju on Twitter

WARNER tells me committee will probe “million-dollar question:” whether Russia had help in targeting Facebook ads.

CBS News on Twitter

Special counsel’s Russia’s investigation has cast a wide net for documents. Could they include the “Spicer files?” @MajorCBS investigates.

Twitter, With Accounts Linked to Russia, to Face Congress Over Role in Election

Since last month, researchers at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan initiative of the German Marshall Fund, a public policy research group in Washington, have been publicly tracking 600 Twitter accounts – human users and suspected bots alike – they have linked to Russian influence operations.

Caroline O. on Twitter

Takeaways from Burr and Warner’s Senate Intel briefing on Trump-Russia: -Initial inquiry “has expanded” -“Issue of collusion is still open


Most Important Takeaway: After conducting 100 interviews and reviewing 100K documents, the Senate Intel Committee is “expanding” the Russia inquiry and still looking into “possible collusion.

  1. The most qualified woman in the country lost to the least qualified man in the country. What a paradox. It can only be explained by a well-oiled smear machine which Russia was happy to exploit. It must be hard for many people to admit that they had been manipulated, however acknowledging it will only help to be wiser. Russia exploited freedom of open society, something that they themselves cannot replicate at this point. Platforms that were designed to bring people together were cynically used to divide us. It hurts. However, I believe that democracies have a great advantage of being able to fix themselves with more democracy and transparency. That is something the judo master in Moscow did not take into account.

  2. It is well past time that reasonable people come to realize that the nearly decades of character assassination of Hillary Clinton by conservatives both politically and in the media resulted in the media and political circus we saw in the 2016 election. It is also clear to anyone capable of rational logic that the Russian’s interference in our elections cost Hillary and the Democrats the election. Mueller’s investigation is only going to cement that suspicion into place as a fact. How many were so deeply affected by the character smeers that appeared daily on every social media platform that they decided that they simply couldn’t abide having her in the highest office in our land and indeed, the world? The real question is how many will admit to it. Hillary haters need to come clean and ask themselves whether they were unduly influenced by the constant attacks and outright lies that appeared nearly everywhere almost everyday. A) do they have the courage to admit it? and B) how would they feel if they were the subject of those attacks?

    1. I admit (difficult to concede as a professor with media literacy) I and other progressives were played to feel disgust toward Hillary Clinton. This realization changed my political views toward the center, as explained in this Twitter Moment.

  3. I think Chris Matthews, not someone I normally quote or regularly view, once said it’s like watching a Polaroid picture becoming clearer and clearer with each passing second. This entire nightmare, however, can’t end soon enough. Every day is a month and I’m exhausted and cautiously optimistic maybe, just maybe, it’s finally Mueller time.

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