REPORT: Russia Paid for Facebook Ads Promoting Jill Stein in 2016 Election
Jill Stein’s Russia History is coming back
When it was first suggested that Russia had interfered with the 2016 presidential election with the goal of aiding now-President Donald Trump, it was tossed aside by many progressive writers like Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi as an excuse by the Democrats to explain how they lost to the theoretically worst-possible Republican candidate in contemporary U.S. history.
These journalists were right in the sense that members of the Democratic Party were convinced that, if Russia had not interfered, candidate Hillary Clinton would have beaten Trump. But what these otherwise ingenious people were forgetting is that there was a middle ground: one could believe that Hillary Clinton had run a poor political campaign while still accepting the fact that the Russians had attempted to influence the election, especially since numerous intelligence organizations in the country reaffirmed it.
Now we are months into the Trump Administration, and a lot has happened on the Russia front. Most notably a Special Counsel headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller has been appointed to look into collusion between between the Trump Campaign and Russian officials, turning up a startling amount of evidence that has been reported constantly. However, there are other bits of information that have come out either because of leaks or news releases. One of the more recent ones was that the social media company Facebook had sold $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian firm that enacted a propaganda operation against Clinton in key states of the country.
Today, the public has gotten some shocking details about what those ads were specifically purchasing: vote for Jill Stein. For those not aware, Dr. Jill Stein was the Green Party candidate during the presidential election that ran on a campaign of peace. She rightfully claimed that Clinton had a history of being a hawk, but then proceeded to lose credibility when she stated that nuclear war was less likely under a Trump Presidency than a Clinton one.
In a new report from Politico’s Josh Dawsey, the aforementioned Russian firm bought ads promoting lots of anti-Hillary stuff, one of which was promoting Stein. Whether this was simply to drum up opposition is remains to be seen, but it is worth pointing out that, in 2015, Stein attended a dinner party with Russian President Vladimir Putin that included Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor that was revealed to be a traitor.
Coincidence? Considering Stein was heavily promoted by RT, we think not.
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