Every time Trump and his adoring fans mock accounts of Russian election interference, the practice is emboldened just a bit more. Their goal is being accomplished, and you guys are falling for it. Now other countries are seeing how successfully Russian interference has been at not only tainting one election, but just as importantly, provoking Americans to attack each other. They want us to fight each other while they steal the cheese.
The Washington Post published an article today that starts like this...
"A recent tweet from Alicia Hernan -- whose Twitter account described her as a wife, mother and lover of peace -- did not mince words about her feelings for President Trump: "That stupid moron doesn't get that that by creating bad guys, spewing hate filled words and creating fear of others', his message is spreading to fanatics around the world. Or maybe he does."
"That March 16 tweet, directed to a Hawaii congressman, was not the work of an American voter venting her frustration. The account, "@AliciaHernan3," was what disinformation researchers call a "sock puppet" -- a type of fictitious online persona perfected by Russians when they were seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election.
"But it was Iranians, not Russians, who created @AliciaHernan3, complete with a picture of a blonde woman with large, round-framed glasses and a turtleneck sweater. It was one of more than 7,000 phony accounts from Iran that Twitter has shut down this year alone.
"And Iran is far from the only nation that has, within its borders, substantial capacity to wage Russian-style influence operations in the United States ahead of next year's election. That means American voters are likely to be targeted in the coming campaign season by more foreign disinformation than ever before, say those studying such operations."