last year, when the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was peaking, something
unexpected emerged: back on November 12, 2016, an event
organized by BlackMatters US, a 'leftist', anti-Trump group drew
thousands of people to protest against
the just elected President Trump.
There was just one minor glitch: BlackMattersUS
emerged as a Russian-linked group.
reported, "the BlackMatters organizing group was connected
to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian “troll farm” with
ties to the Kremlin, according to a recent investigation by the
Russian Magazine RBC.
has identified the IRA as the group responsible for purchasing
3,000 political ads on Facebook’s platform and operating 470
accounts that appear to have attempted to influence the
perspectives of Americans during the 2016 elections.
now it's confirmed: from Section 57 of the DOJ
complaint against the Russian trolls who
"interfered, but did not impact" the outcome of the election:
the election of Donald Trump in or around November 2016,
Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S. personas to
organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies in support of
then president-elect Trump, while
simultaneously using other false U.S. personas to organize and
coordinate U.S. political rallies protesting the results of
the 2016 U.S. presidential election. For
example, in or around November 2016, Defendants and their
co-conspirators organized a rally in New York through one
ORGANIZATION-controlled group designed to "show your support for
President-Elect Donald Trump" held on or about November 12,
2016. At the same time, Defendants
and their co-conspirators, through another
ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York
called "Trump is NOT my President" held on or about November
12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants
and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled
"Charlotte Against Trump" in Charlotte, North Carolina, held
on or about November 19, 2016.
we said back then:
the Russians spent $100,000 and created 0.004% of social media
content to influence the election... and
then the same Russians continued to help President Trump by
unifying black and white Americans to protest against him."
course, this - together with the other
facts previously noted in the DOJ
complaint - is why Mueller radically shifted his task, and instead
of proving "collusion" by the Trump campaign, showed an
unsolicited campaign by 13 Russians who were "engaged in
operations primarily intended to communicate
derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other
candidates such as Ted Cruz & Marco Rubio & to support
Bernie Sanders & then-candidate Donald Trump" and
in the process managed to troll the US so hard, and somehow had a
greater impact on the outcome of the election than the US media,
entertainment and polling industries combined.
what was until now, at least officially, a "Russia-Trump
collusion" mandate was downgraded to the amusing,
if somehow criminal, "Russians
sought to promote discord."