One of the more surprising revelations about Russia’s reported meddling in the 2016 election is that its government supported objectively anti-Donald Trump, left wing causes. First we that the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked organization, bought social media advertisements that appeared to support Black Lives Matter. Now news has emerged that Kremlin-linked Internet users also ran a popular Instagram account that agitated against the Standing Rock oil pipeline in North Dakota.
“A post from that account reads “IF AN OIL COMPANY DESTROYED THESE ‘SACRED’ BURIAL GROUNDS AMERICANS WOULD LOSE THEIR MINDS,” plastered over an image of a US military cemetery. “BUT WHEN AN OIL COMPANY DESTROYS NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED BURIAL GROUNDS NO ONE SAYS A WORD,’”Buzzfeed on Monday night. So now we have Russian “trolls” supporting two popular American left wing causes. Why, it’s enough to make one wonder whether Colin Kaepernick and Sean Penn are Kremlin plants. And one can’t help but wonder what other causes the Russians have bought ads promoting. John Oliver’s HBO show? New York Times subscriptions? Ta-Nehisi Coates’s latest opus?
It seems that the Russian government is extremely shrewd in its understanding of American politics: It figured out that perhaps the only thing less popular than Donald Trump are the excesses of the radical left. (Indeed, according to recent polling, solid majorities—57 percent of Americans surveyed—have a negative view of Black Lives Matter Propagate left wing messages to help Trump, the calculus would have been. Moscow, indeed, apparently knows more about American politics than the American Democratic party, which is increasingly tethering itself to the most radical groups in its coalition. The Democrats may want to hire some Kremlin pollsters in the run up to the 2018 midterms.
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