Due to recent developments and my decision to revise this in a condensed form,to be published in the newspaper I have revised and upddated the version posted 2/20 on March 1, 2018.
Revised, March 1, 2018
A private study of identified Russian bots and trolls revealed that conservatives retweeted trolls 30 times more than liberals and most retweeters of Russian trolls came from Texas and Tennessee. The methodology of this study is at https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/inside-the-study-showing-conservatives-retweeted-russian-trolls-30-times-more-often-than-liberals
original 2/20 version
Trump supporters may chant Make America Great Again or put America First, but they should be chanting instead: American Elections for Americans and Make Democracy Great Again. They are not. The Mueller indictment of the 13 Russians for their execution of a campaign to swing the 2016 elections toward Donald Trump has had a very disturbing reaction from many on the right , both in their media and in their Facebook comments. Some even called the Mueller Russian indictments a “nothing burger” . It was not nothing that the Russians undertook a million dollar a month campaign on behalf of Donald Trump’s election. Even social media CEOs admitted to Congress in the fall the Russian bots reached 120 million voters. The indictment found that by 2016, the size of many (Russian) ORGANIZATION-controlled groups had grown to hundreds of thousands of online followers.“
Russians are still at it. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school massacre, Russian bots immediately appeared on social messages with anti gun control messages and hyping arming teachers.
The newest blast from the White House is to hit the FISA court issue as
pinpointed in the Nunes memo...That the.. FBI failed to disclose that the
Carter Page surveillance request included references to the Steele dossier.
It did, in the footnotes, though it did not name the exact source of the financing.
This s purely a distraction from the release of the indictments of the thirteen
Russians who engaged in espionage and a propaganda campaign through social
media to influence voters in the 2016 campaign. Instead of barking up this tree,
Trump and the extreme right wing should stop trying to distract voters and instead
take the Russian attempt to attack our electoral system seriously. The disgrace
is Trump's failure to take actions to protect our electoral system's integrity.