Russia rings in Trump support

editorial cartoon by Adonis Borer
editorial cartoon by Adonis Borer

With the 2018 midterm election approaching, the U.S. government is not giving enough attention to Russia targeting voters.

The Internet Research Association, or IRA, was identified as a Russian based group after forming in 2013. Its influence was found to rig the results of the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor.

“We expect Russia to continue using propaganda, social media, false flag personas, sympathetic spokesmen and other means to influence and try to build its wide range of operations,” Dan Coats, director of intelligence for the United States said in an address to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Feb. 13.

Tactics have been so easily ignored by the American government, unlike European countries like Lithuania, Poland and Romania which have implemented anti-propaganda laws.

According to NBC News, Russian linked accounts have gone so far as to pose as Black Lives Matter and women’s rights activists on social media to gain support from the groups that Trump’s policies hurt the most.

Some tweets were tracked and deleted, and now appear on NBC News’ database of ‘Ten sample influential Russian Trolls.’

Here are some examples:

“Sorry Hillary: Trump’s policies are clearly better for blacks” – @Missourinewsus

“Why can’t the media talk about the real issues, the fraud, the lies, and the scandals of Clinton?? #NeverHillary” – @Missourinewsus

“Reminder: Hillary took $150mil from Muslim States! They totally control her every decision! #DebateNight” – @ten_gop

“We have 2 problems: Muslims who keep attacking us every day, Liberals who keep calling them peaceful!” – @ten_gop

True activists would not post such biases, and would instead address the facts that Islam does not equal terrorism and Muslims are not the only people that do such things.

Had the trolls’ accounts not been ceased, they would surely not address the outbreak of domestic terrorism since Trump has been in office.

If the government does not investigate further and put a stop to this, Russian influence will continue to sway elections and gain more control in America’s politics.

“We need to inform the American public that this is real, that this is going to happen,” Coats said. America needs “to stand up and say we’re not going to allow some Russian to tell us how to vote, how we ought to run our own country.”

The trolls’ constant bashing of media coverage of politics and Hillary Clinton, the false tales of unlikely groups supporting Trump, as well as the fact that he and the government has not taken steps to acknowledge, let alone take action to stop the issue brings suspicion of Trump being in cahoots with Russia.

If these fake accounts posted pro-Hillary tweets, Trump would have surely had a problem with Russian influence.

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