Russian Facebook Ad Linked Hillary Clinton and Satan
But of course. I mean that’s the logical extreme conclusion of all the Hillary bashing over nothing in particular. By the end of the campaign there were people who were saying it in so many words: Hillary Clinton is the devil.
Hillary hating has always been big on assertions but weak on substantiation. She’s the Devil because…
But remember the Cokie Roberts school of journalism in the 1990s. It doesn’t matter if she said it or not at this point. Everyone at my beauty parlor is talking about it now.
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) November 1, 2017
We all know that pure Hillary hate was the driving force for many who claimed otherwise. https://t.co/GP5ws53JB2
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 1, 2017
H.A. Goodman has no other focus than hating on Hillary Clinton. So Russia in its Facebook ads just took the irrational Hillary hatred to its logical conclusion.
The NY Times:
“Lawmakers released scores of political ads on Wednesday purchased by Russian agents on Facebook and Twitter that showed the extent of the Kremlin’s attempts to polarize the American voting public on issues like race, police abuse and religion.”
“Russia-linked actors created accounts with names like Blacktivists and Back the Badge aimed at voters concerned about police relations with their communities, and other accounts that called for secure borders that were aimed at immigration hard-liners. One account, Army of Jesus, published an illustration of an arm-wrestling match between Christ and the devil. “Satan: If I win, Clinton wins!” the headline read.”
“The sampling of ads, some of which had been made public earlier, came during a second day of hearings with the top lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and Google and were intended to show the executives how pervasively Russia used their platforms to further its campaign of misinformation. Lawmakers of both parties expressed frustration with answers that fell short of what they had hoped and insisted that the companies, long the darlings of American technology, do better.”
But it’s even worse than that. Claiming Hillary=the Devil is absurd but hardly surprising. We’ve had live with Hillary Derangement Syndrome for 25 years. Nothing new there.
But the ads also claimed she was running against Jesus.
Bringing new meaning to the words ‘Mixing religion and politics.’
“Trust. Vote Pray. How should Christians vote?” asks one meme from Army of Jesus, a Facebook account operated from a Kremlin-linked troll farm.
“Later on, that same account pushed out anti-Clinton and pro-Trump rhetoric, including one that showed a face-off between Hillary Clinton, characterized as the devil, and Jesus.”
“That post, presented on a blown-up poster, was displayed by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday.”
“But that was far from the only Christian-focused meme from this seemingly popular group, as well as a related Instagram account uncovered by The Daily Beast.”
“The Facebook and Instagram groups show how Russian trolls didn’t just create accounts and start posting political content straight away. Nor did they rely solely on paying to grow their audience. Many of the memes and images are what you might find in a normal, online religious community.”
“The Kremlin-connected “Internet Research Agency” put effort into building a following with typical, clickbait messaging to expand its disinformation pipeline for later use.”
How would Jesus vote?!
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