CNN claims movement to #WalkAway from Democrat Party a Russian bot campaign

On Tuesday, CNN, the outlet once dubbed the “least-trusted” name in network news, published an article in which it appeared to claim that the viral movement to #WalkAway from the Democrat Party is, in reality, a Russian bot campaign designed to help Republicans hurt the Democrat Party.

“Now, in this 2018-midterm election season, as some predict a blue wave of resistance to Trump, his policies and alarming authoritarianism, Republicans want to split up the Democratic political opposition and divide black and Latino voters. And Russia looks like it wants to help here, too. But this time it won’t work,” David A. Love wrote.

He added:

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The most recent example of this strategy is the #WalkAway hashtag, which is presented as a grassroots effort by former Democrats who are critical of the party’s alleged intimidation, confrontation and lack of civility and want people to walk away from the party.

However, #WalkAway has also now been connected to Kremlin-linked Russian bots, and it is now the seventh most popular Russia-influenced hashtag as of this writing, according to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks Russian influence on Twitter as part of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, an initiative of the nonpartisan German Marshall Fund. The purpose of this now-astroturf campaign is to manipulate public opinion by creating the illusion that this is a popular movement. In reality, #WalkAway has become pure propaganda, a psychological operation.

Got that?  The thousands of people who have signed on to the campaign started by New York hairdresser Brandon Straka are, according to CNN, apparently doing the bidding of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And it looks like CNN isn’t alone in this assessment, according to Kelen McBreen, who wrote:

CNN, Huffington Post, Salon and others published articles accusing Russia of using #WalkAway to try and “wound Democrats.”

The website being sourced, Hamilton 68, is run by the Soros-linked Alliance for Securing Democracy, which keeps tabs on Russian activity on the American internet.

However, Hamilton 68 clearly states on its homepage that not all content being tracked comes from Russian government operatives.

Content is not necessarily produced or created by Russian government operatives, although that is sometimes the case. Instead, the network often opportunistically amplifies content created by third parties not directly linked to Russia.

So how do those supporting the movement feel about being called tools of the Russians?

Straka responded on Twitter, calling CNN deceitful and dishonest:

Others weighed in:

Apparently so…

And let’s not forget that the late Senator Ted Kennedy actually sought assistance from the Soviet Union in his effort to defeat Ronald Reagan.

https://twitter.com/James1776/status/1019376318666833920

https://twitter.com/Kawaii__Ren/status/1019423039652413440

One person nailed it:

That’s pretty much where we are now.  If you disagree with the Democrats, CNN and the rest of the Democrat-media complex thinks you’re a Russian bot.

This is the modern left…

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