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Coup D'etat

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 09/27/17 19:13

by Dave Mindeman

We are only touching the surface of the Russian attack on our democracy. The social media assault was way more effective than we care to believe, but its scope and reach are now coming into view.

Because of our electoral college system, you can win an election with a minority vote. You simply have to target key states that can make that path to 270. If you have a social media strategy which "looks" like it is coming from a grass roots level, you can forge a false coalition that can win key voting areas. With social media you can micro target - something that has never been done on such a large scale.

You won't see the Facebook ads appear in any campaign finance report, because the Russians disguised them as coming from local individuals (it was a feeble attempt to disguise).

The key is that without the knowledge of the quantity of these ads and where they were being targeted, it became a one sided propaganda campaign. And worse, the massive number of fake sites sucked people in with unrefuted lies and false stories.

We, as a people, are as susceptible to propaganda as any Russian electorate. Madison Avenue will show you the proof. But when the narrative has two sides and can be challenged, we can usually discern what is true. In areas of the Midwest, that narrative was only coming one way.

Facebook may have realized their error here because they eliminated hundreds of fake sites during the German political campaign. This type of strategy is just as much of an attack on our system as any computer hack or voting machine anomaly.

We have an illegitimate President. Bought and paid for by Russian interference and very possibly, all of it could be a conspiracy in which Trump or at least part of his campaign colluded for a false result.

If you look at an election in which one candidate can garner 3 million more votes then the opponent - and still not be President - you have an attack of such magnitude that it could be compared to a coup d'etat.

Trump wants to shut the Russian investigation down. That cannot be allowed. We have to find out the truth - no matter where it leads.
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