New study finds that Trump’s popularity increased along with high levels of online activity by Russian trolls and bots.

By |2019-07-02T12:58:19-08:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |7 Comments

Courtesy of NBC News:

President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that Russian’s 2016 propaganda campaign on social media had no impact on the presidential election.

The study, by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, does not prove that Russian interference swung the election to Trump. But it demonstrates that Trump’s gains in popularity during the 2016 campaign correlated closely with high levels of social media activity by the Russian trolls and bots of the Internet Research Agency, a key weapon in the Russian attack.

“Our results show that the weeks when Russian trolls were accumulating likes and retweets on Twitter, that activity reliably foreshadowed gains for Trump in the opinion polls,” wrote Damian Ruck, the study’s lead researcher, in an article explaining his findings.

The study found that every 25,000 re-tweets by accounts connected to the IRA predicted a 1 percent increase in opinion polls for Trump.

In an interview with NBC News, Ruck said the research suggests that Russian trolls helped shift U.S public opinion in Trump’s favor. As to whether it affected the outcome of the election: “The answer is that we still don’t know, but we can’t rule it out.”

Given that the election turned on 75,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, “it is a prospect that should be taken seriously,” Ruck wrote, adding that more study was needed in those swing states.

Sounds like Jimmy Carter was right. 

Without Russian interference, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States. 

Now, what are we going to do about it?

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  1. Pooty’s America. July 3, 2019 at 7:22 am

    If you view Trump as a living thought experiment meant to prove the Tea Party would prefer a white king to a black president, it’s still nauseating.

  2. Anon July 3, 2019 at 7:26 am

    I’M gonna go with the fact that you brainwashed my parent’s generation into thinking concentration camps and destroying the planet is ok, this is really gonna end well for society, thanks Rupert!

    Only Fox and Friends would be dumb enough to ask the internet this

  3. AJ July 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Bristol is on the Daily Mail posing in a bikini celebrating her career. WTF? It is always suspect when a Palin rears their head…

    • Anon July 6, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Pumpkin I mean Putin is issuing ‘orders’ again. Wait for domestic terrorism in Alaska now.
      Fires set by? Houses ransacked by? Money laundering by Captain Zero I mean Sean Parnell.
      How’s Standing Tall doing with new crew to funnel money out of accounts? Don’t get caught!

  4. OK July 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

    ~IT~’$ all about the way Trump uses one particular word. SIR
    “if he tells a story in which someone calls him “sir.”

    Trump told Carlson:
    I have so many people coming up, they say, ‘Sir, it’s so hard. They make it hard to follow.’ What they’re doing is wrong and possibly illegal, and a lot of things are being looked at right now.
    “‘Sir’ equals untruth,”

    “you can almost sense when a lie is coming” after listening to Trump “long enough.”>
    “If Trump tells a story in which an unnamed person calls him ‘sir,’ it’s probably invented,”
    “If Trump claims he has set a record, he probably hasn’t. If Trump cites any number at all, the real number is usually smaller.”<like his dick, 'TOAD'

  5. BLM July 3, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Nine Line Apparel is a Savannah, Georgia-based company founded by a military veteran Tyler Meritt and his wife in 2012. In response to Nike’s decision and the debate surrounding it, Merritt says his company Nine Line Apparel has released a t-shirt featuring the flag created during the Second Continental Congress to show unity among the original 13 colonies.

    In addition to the t-shirt offering from Meritt’s company, the founder is “calling on Americans to boycott Nike and to display their patriotism with the hashtag #NoToNike

    Meritt states ““Nike seeks profit through controversy, but with absolutely no regard for the consequences. In its corporatist wake, it leaves behind anti-American sentiment and division, harming our country. But since Nike has no interest in displaying the Betsy Ross flag, a classic symbol of freedom and unity, then we proudly will.”

  6. Anonymous July 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    As usual trump is going to waste taxpayer money for nothing and another big bill will be coming for photo shopping in the crowds.

    White House and allies fear lousy turnout for Trump’s Fourth of July rally: ‘Everyone has plans already’

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