The Russian government deployed intelligence assets to carry out a massive disinformation campaign on every major social media platform to support Donald Trump and the Republicans in 2016 and beyond, according to a new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee. In an exclusive story published Sunday evening, the Washington Post revealed details of the […]
Hillary Clinton has been the target of gratuitously negative coverage from the national political press for as long as she’s been in public life. During her Bill Clinton’s presidency, rumors of her impending criminal indictment were a regular feature of “Whitewater” coverage almost until that media-created pseudo-scandal fizzled out altogether. Two decades later, the […]
Republicans have long known that repetition and other basic marketing tactics were effective in politics. But cartoonist Scott Adams argues Trump took this a step further with something he calls “the linguistic kill shot,” which is a fancy way to explain why he called Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” and mocked Jeb Bush as “low energy.”
These “kill shots” had to be visual concepts that hadn’t been heard in politics before. It’s also known as “name calling,” which is why Democrats discounted and avoided such pettiness. But it’s also effective because “every time you looked at the candidate being described you would look for confirmation bias.”
What exactly do Trump voters think they’re getting out of the Russian connection? Most simply don’t care. They’ve basically chosen party over country. They dislike Americans who vote Democratic far more than Putin, a distant figure. And most are too busy gloating and rationalizing Trump’s boasts to worry about the Kremlin’s arm lock on the White House.
A Reuters/Ipsos national Election Day poll offered some clues to the outcome. It found Clinton underperformed expectations with women, winning their vote by only about 7 percent, similar to Obama when he won re-election in 2012.
“Donald Trump is a gift to all tin-pot dictators on the African continent. He is giving currency and legitimacy to rigging because if it can exist in America, it can exist anywhere,” said an opposition leader in Zimbabwe.
“These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process,” the joint agency statement said. “However, we are not now in a position to attribute this activity to the Russian Government.”
The primary Super PAC supporting Trump, Great America PAC, reported raising $1.4 million in May – accounting for most of the $2.5 million the group has raised this year. The PAC had $500,971 cash remaining at the beginning of June.