At this point, the fact that Russian operatives interfered in the 2016 presidential election and could have played a role in Trump’s election is undeniable. However, a new report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee has revealed that the trolls were so pleased with their work they popped champagne and celebrated “making America great” following Trump’s win.
The report, released on Tuesday, claimed that someone who worked for the Internet Research Agency—a notorious Russian troll farm—sent a message to Washington following Trump’s election win admitting that they “uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne” for the occasion and “uttered almost in unison: ‘We made America great.'”
Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr released a statement on Tuesday reiterating that the Russians seek to “sow societal discord and erode public confidence” in the US and beyond.
.@realDonaldTrump won't acknowledge this, but Russia is still attacking the US via social media, according to the new report released by the Senate intelligence committee.https://t.co/cwABUKHvfo pic.twitter.com/42r3LdA8yW— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 8, 2019
“By flooding social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by exploiting existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow Americans,” he said. “While Russia may have been the first to hone the modern disinformation tactics outlined in this report, other adversaries, including China, North Korea, and Iran, are following suit.”
NEW: The Senate Intelligence Committee just issued a report finding that Russia's 2016 interference in our election had an “overwhelming operational emphasis on race … no single group of Americans was targeted … more than African Americans.” Astounding. https://t.co/J2iwntwzt4— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) October 8, 2019
The statement continued: “Any solution has to balance America’s national security interests with our constitutionally-protected right to free speech. Social media companies, federal agencies, law enforcement, and Congress must work together to address these challenges, and I am grateful for the cooperation our Committee has gotten from both the Intelligence Community and the tech industry. My hope is that by continuing to shine a light on this issue, we will encourage more Americans to use social media responsibly, as discerning and informed consumers.”
I've always said, Senate Intelligence Committee is the last remaining outpost of GOP more interested in threats to this nation than to their party. As Trump sycophants travel the world to prove Russia did nothing, here are initial findings of Senate Intel. https://t.co/JizoBht8j9 pic.twitter.com/FOFMa2JDyl— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 8, 2019
Senator Kamala Harris also released a statement on the report, saying that the Russian interference was “designed to suppress the votes of black Americans in particular” and that we need to be doing more to fight disinformation, particularly on social media, adding that sites like Twitter and Facebook should “ensure their workforces are diverse enough to identify and understand the cultural nuances that foreign actors exploit to divide and harm Americans.”
The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report is clear:— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 8, 2019
Putin exploited social media to spread false information in 2016 elections.
We must take action to ensure Americans know who is behind online political ads to help prevent it happening again.https://t.co/OWlqNcIlWP
Just don’t expect Trump to come out and condemn Russia or the operatives involved in the election, especially since doing so would take away from his “tremendous” victory.