Russian campaign to get social media to ‘grow a spine and vote Jill Stein’ to help Trump win the 2016 election detailed in leaked Senate report
- Two leaked reports for the U.S. Senate detailed Russian interference in the 2016 election with pro-Jill Stein content being very popular on social media
- Cyber experts show that accounts directed by Russian firm, the Internet Research Agency, tweeted about Jill Stein 1,000 times close to the election
- The report concluded that boosting Stein was an attempt to take votes away from Hillary Clinton
- Stein is not implicated as having direct knowledge of the Russian campaigns, but her frequent closeness to Russian state-run media is noted
Two leaked reports detailing Russian interference in the 2016 election targeting black voters included a less-reported campaign to push Jill Stein’s Green Party candidacy in efforts to aid Donald Trump’s victory.
Cyber experts showed that Russians attempted to siphon away votes from Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate, by boosting Stein through fake accounts, NBC News reported.
New Knowledge cybersecurity firm that helped prepare the report found that attempts to boost Stein’s candidacy in the last days leading up to the election singled-out African-American voters, becoming much more intense.
‘The excuse that a lost Black vote for Hillary is a Trump win is bs,’ an Instagram post by fake account @woke_blacks read only two days before the election. ‘It could be late, but y’all might want to support Jill Stein instead.’
Cybersecurity experts point to Russian social media boosting Green Party candidate Jill Stein (left) intensely to aid Republican candidate Donald Trump (right) just days before the election
Much of the Russian accounts flooding social media accounts attacked Hillary Clinton (shown), while promoting pro-Jill Stein or pro-Bernie Sanders personas
Analysis by NBC News found under the Internet Research Agency, the infamous Russian ‘troll factory’ headed up by businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ‘personal chef’, tweets featuring ‘Jill Stein’ were posted more than 1,000 times close to the election.
The hashtag ‘Grow a spine and vote Jill Stein’ was apparently included in many of the posts.
The report showed a clear pattern in the election interference campaign of using anti-Hillary Clinton Twitter personas that ‘expressed pro-Bernie Sanders and pro-Jill Stein sentiments,’ according to CNN.
Nothing in either of the leaked reports points to Jill Stein being aware or directly involved in the influence campaign, but Stein has had a cushy relationship with Russian state-run media such as RT.
Jill Stein (bottom right) would downplay the dinner in 2015 where she sat across the table from Michael Flynn (second from left) and Vladimir Putin (right of Flynn)
Jill Stein, seen here holding a yellow pad, was not implicated in the leaked Senate report as having direct knowledge of Russian election interference on her, or Donald Trump’s, behalf
It was in 2015 that the Stein announced her formation of a presidential exploratory committee on ‘Redacted Tonight,’ an RT program based in the U.S.
Jill Stein also famously favorably compared Trump to his nearest rival on the topic of nuclear conflict saying ‘Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump who does not want to go to war with Russia.’
With the latest analysis of election interference attaching Stein’s name to Russian operations, the photo of the Green Party candidate attending a 2015 dinner in Moscow along with convicted former White House national security director Mike Flynn continues to raise eyebrows.
She was seated at the other side of the table across from the Russian president next to Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.
Stein would later downplay her appearance at the dinner tweeting in June of last year there was ‘nothing to’ what she called a ‘desperate Russia smear’
Outgoing Secretary of Defense James Mattis (left) make a final attempt Thursday, before resigning, to convince President Donald Trump that it was unwise to pull all of America’s military troops out of Syria
Russia was also accused of attempting to interfere in the most recent U.S. midterm elections by outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis.
‘He tried again to muck around in our elections this last month,’ Mattis said of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mattis made waves when he made an acrimonious exit from the Trump White House with a letter expressing his differences with the administration over the President’s ordered troop withdrawal from Syria.
Critics view the move as a capitulation to Putin’s designs on the region.