The special counsel detailed how a Russian effort to widen divisions in American society launched in 2014 morphed into active support for the candidacy of Donald Trump.–David A. Graham, The Atlantic
The indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller details how the Russian government sought to interfere in the 2016 election. This sheds light on posts seen on Tom Reed’s facebook page which may reflect Russian Propaganda. Subjects brought up include:
- Support for a nativist immigration policy
- Black Lives Matter
- Second Amendment
- Planned Parenthood
- Religious intolerance
- Voter ID
- Depreciate Trump’s rivals (Cruz, Rubio) and supporting Clinton’s rivals (Sanders, Stein).
- Discourage voting
- Promote dissension by promoting both sides of controversial issues (Second Amendment, Planned Parenthood, Abortion)
Surprisingly, White House officials were among those echoing Russian propaganda. When people echo this propaganda, they aren’t necessarily Russians or their dupes, but one might well be suspicious.
Note: I don’t believe a “constituent badge” on a facebook post is a sure sign that it was posted by a person or that the person is a constituent. Such things are easy to fake.