Adrian Chen, staff writer at The New Yorker, has just found something incredibly interesting about the online army of Donald Trump supporters.
Did you ever notice how Trump’s supporters had a tendency for bad grammar? They write in broken sentences, or they look like they re-arranged the words in a weird way. You might attribute it to Twitter laziness or the 140 character barrier. However, there’s another reason we now have to consider — English is their second language.
Chen discovered that many online Trump supporters are actually accounts that are owned by Russian state-sponsored “disinformationists.”
Chen made a list of accounts for a research piece in 2015, where he cataloged a list of internet “troll” accounts that were being used by Russian agents paid by the Kremlin to spread false information on the internet. These agents have been behind a number of, as Chen put it, “highly coordinated campaigns” to deceive the American public.
Fast forward a year. Chen went back and re-checked the list of Russian state-agent accounts he made a list of and he was taken aback by what he saw. The accounts were now masquerading as fake American conservatives and they all supported one guy — Trump.
It’s called “dezinformastiya.” The Russians have been using it since the Cold War to engage in disinformation campaigns conducted by Russian intelligence. The purpose was to create political divisions and try to generate public support in other nations for pro-Russian agendas.
Michael Weiss of the Daily Beast gave comment:
It is designed, as retired KGB General Oleg Kalugin once defined it, ‘to drive wedges in the Western community alliances of all sorts, particularly NATO, to sow discord among allies, to weaken the United States in the eyes of the people in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and thus to prepare ground in case the war really occurs.’ The most common subcategory of active measures is dezinformatsiya, or disinformation: feverish, if believable lies cooked up by Moscow Centre and planted in friendly media outlets to make democratic nations look sinister.
Feverish, yet plausible lies, planted in the media to make democratic nations look sinister. Does this sound like anyone you know? Alex Jones? The entire Tea Party? Trump? Almost ANY Republican these days?
The Trump-Putin connection was scoffed at by many, but the evidence is clear. A hostile foreign leader has a real interest in installing a dufus-president that he can manipulate for his own agenda. We really can’t afford a Trump presidency. It isn’t hyperbole at this stage, to suggest that he’s collaborating with foreign powers to interfere with the democratic process.