This has been pretty apparent for months now, but the information is trickling out. Sanders primary voters got played by Russian propagandists.
The Huffington Post has the latest installment in this story “The Bernie Sanders Campaign Faced A Fake News Tsunami. Where Did It Come From?”
The HuffPo story details how a network of fake news stories and sock puppet accounts flooded Sanders social media networks after he lost the primary. The ultimate goal wasn’t to get people to vote for Donald Trump, but to get people to not vote for Hillary Clinton. That’s where the story about Clinton molesting children at a DC pizza place originated.
I personally remember this wave of news stories. As a Sanders primary voter, once I switched to a Clinton supporter, the vitriol and hatred from my fellow Sanders supporters (or who I thought were Sanders supporters) was disgusting. I was called every name in the book for even suggesting that these bogus stories were fake.
Well they were fake. Millions of people who probably would have done what I did when Sanders lost the primary and voted for Clinton – didn’t.
“The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. … How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!” — Mark Twain
People were too quick to believe any negative story about Clinton and didn’t even care if it was true or not. And like I said, the purpose wasn’t necessarily to convince people to vote for Trump, but to simply not vote for Clinton by either not voting or voting for Stein or writing in a candidate. Vladimir Putin’s hatred of Clinton runs much deeper than his love for Trump, but now that Putin owns Trump and the Oval, his plan worked remarkably well.