To this day, there is still zero evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
If Special Counsel Robert Mueller had something on Trump, the world would know by now.
What’s interesting is that NBC News is reporting the Russians are helping a 2020 presidential candidate to beat Trump in 2020.
Kind of a big deal, no?
The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020.
An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016.
Several experts who track websites and social media linked to the Kremlin have also seen what they believe may be the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign of support for Gabbard.
Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line. The CIA has called RT and Sputnik part of “Russia’s state-run propaganda machine.”
The Intercept is reporting that the source used by NBC is a firm that fabricated Russia data for the Democrat Party.
But the whole story was a sham: the only “experts” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm, New Knowledge, that just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.
To justify its claim that Tulsi Gabbard is the Kremlin’s candidate, NBC stated: “analysts at New Knowledge, the company the Senate Intelligence Committee used to track Russian activities in the 2016 election, told NBC News they’ve spotted ‘chatter’ related to Gabbard in anonymous online message boards, including those known for fomenting right-wing troll campaigns.”
What NBC – amazingly – concealed is a fact that reveals its article to be a journalistic fraud: that same firm, New Knowledge, was caught just six weeks ago engaging in a massive scam to create fictitious Russian troll accounts on Facebook and Twitter in order to claim that the Kremlin was working to defeat Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones in Alabama. The New York Times, when exposing the scam, quoted a New Knowledge report that boasted of its fabrications: “We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the [Roy] Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.’”
Gabbard left her position at the Democrat National Committee in 2016 so she could support fellow Democrat Socialist Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.
Her 2020 dreams may already be dashed, though.
Tulsi isn’t that fond of gay people, apparently.
I realized Tulsi Gabbard was anti-gay, but didn’t quite realize how anti-gay she was in the 2000s. This is next level:
Is anyone excited about Tulsi Gabbard, outside of a handful of people that are going to be torn between her and Bernie?
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) January 12, 2019
Because the pro-Assad, pro-Bannon, anti-Mazie Hirono lane in the Dem party is a very big one. https://t.co/uclVHPIADh
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) January 11, 2019
— Neil 🇺🇸 (@basementvegan) January 12, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard’s disturbing and singular denialism of Assad’s role in the brutal butchering of his own people, obliging a meeting with him and spreading his propaganda should be disqualifying. pic.twitter.com/EI3UiEvLuu
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 12, 2019