We’ve been so ensnarled in the panic of coronavirus that we might have overlooked a previous major threat: Russia.
It seems good old Vladie is at his tricks again. A New York Times report shows the Russians intend to influence the 2020 Presidential election by stoking racial tensions, including trying to incite violence by white supremacist groups and to stoke anger among African-Americans.
Russia is seeking to outdo its 2016 f***ery, when operatives tried to instigate racial anger by creating fake Black Lives Matter groups and spreading disinformation to depress black voter turnout. The Kremlin is now directly trying to influence white supremacist groups.
In fact, one U.S. intelligence official said that federal investigators are looking at how at least one neo-Nazi organization with ties to Russia is funded.
Among the methods being employed are goading white supremacists to more aggressively disseminate messages of hate across social media. Similarly, the Russians are trying to push black extremists into acts of violence, though officials didn’t detail how.
“We see Russia is willing to conduct more brazen and disruptive influence operations because of how it perceives its conflict with the West,” David Porter, a top agent on the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, said last month at an election security conference in Washington.
Obviously, these nefarious actions, once again, seek to benefit President Donald Trump, who has shown an affinity for dictators like Putin, including resisting sanctions efforts against him.
Of course, Trump has offered painfully conflicting messages on Russian interference in the 2016 election since it would mean his Electoral College win (he bought copies of the map) wasn’t as valid as he thinks.
Featured image credit: President of Russia official site