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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp

Photo Credit: Georgia National Guard

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Georgia, like Texas, is a light red state in which Democrats have been making inroads: Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost 2018's gubernatorial race to Gov. Brian Kemp, and polls indicate that Georgia could be in play for Vice President Joe Biden. During Tuesday's primary in Georgia, many voters were furious over massive delays and glitches, resulting in spending hours in long lines and inoperable voting machines.

And now some Georgia Republicans, according to reporter David M. Drucker of the conservative Washington Examiner, are worried that Democrats could weaponize Tuesday's voting debacle and use it against Republicans.


"Georgia Republicans blame problems that plagued Georgia's primary on Democratic officials running Fulton County, a diverse enclave in Metro Atlanta with a population that is nearly 44 percent black," Drucker reports. "But Republicans worry they are arguing in vain. Democratic turnout among white and black voters was high in this week's elections, even in predominantly GOP precincts. They fear it could reach historic levels in November if Democrats manage to demonize Republicans as actively suppressing minorities from voting."

Drucker describes Georgia as a "state trending competitive," noting that its 16 electoral votes are "critical" for Trump. And some GOP sources that spoke to the Examiner expressed their worries about the impact that Tuesday's primary debacle could have in November.

A source quoted anonymously and described by Ducker as a "veteran Republican strategist in Georgia" told the Examiner, "It scares me to death. I've gotten very little sleep. They're going to fire up an already fired-up base, and that concerns me for November."

Another source, described by Drucker as a "Republican operative in Atlanta," told the Examiner, "It gives Democrats a rallying cry by painting GOP elected officials as backwoods racists to large swaths of independent-minded suburban voters. They skew younger and are often transplants. Thus, they would tend to be prone to vote against a 'good ole boy' system."

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)