On Sunday, Hillary Clinton, the most evil person ever nominated to the White House by a major party, issued a tweet endorsing a liberal-only site intended to become something of a social network for her political supporters. Not only did the site crash as a result of a cyber-attack, but Clinton was hammered for her endorsement on Twitter.
“I’m excited to sign up for
@Verrit, a media platform for the 65.8 million! Will you join me and sign up too?” she said.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 3, 2017
Of course, she’s excited — it’s all about her. And those 65.8 million? That, Recode said, “refers to her own vote total from the 2016 presidential election.”
Reaction on Twitter was pretty much what one would expect. Supporters loved the idea, but critics weren’t impressed. Mike Cernovich, for example, wondered if she was paid for her endorsement:
How much were you paid for this Tweet and are you aware it's a crime to not disclose sponsored Tweets?
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) September 4, 2017
What, a Clinton involved in dubious activity? Say it ain’t so.
In a way I almost admire the Clintons…they are who they are…truly authentic….Always on the scam. pic.twitter.com/PmlEnjmuh3
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) September 4, 2017
One person noted:
But that’s how leftists operate…
In the words of its creator, Peter Daou, Verrit is his attempt to create an online hub for Clinton backers so that they can find easy-to-share facts, stats and other “information you can take out to social media when you’re having debates on key issues people are discussing,” he said in an interview.
Who is Peter Daou? Daou, who was raised in Lebanon, describes himself on Twitter as a “War survivor in my teens. Jazz musician in my 20s. Political activist since my 30s. Advised Kerry ’04, Clinton ’08.”
A post at Heavy.com says:
Prior to the Verrit venture, Daou, a former digital strategist to Clinton, worked as a writer, activist and as a producer/engineer. The native of Lebanon worked on the campaigns of Clinton, Arlen Specter and John Kerry.
Anyway, it seems things got off to a rocky start for the site Sunday, Recode said:
Soon after Clinton’s tweet, though, Verrit stopped loading for web users — the result of a “pretty significant and sophisticated” cyber attack, Daou told Recode. He declined to share the name of his hosting company, and did not yet know who exactly was behind the incident. But he said the traffic driven by Clinton’s endorsement — which generated more than 10,000 new Twitter followers for Verrit — isn’t responsible for the outage.
Once it’s back online, Daou nonetheless has big ideas for Verrit. A former aide to Clinton’s 2008 campaign who later ran ShareBlue, a left-leaning news site that defended her candidacy, he wants Verrit to become a “platform or place in the media” for Clinton backers to “call home and feel like they’re not facing attacks and smears and harassment and false narratives and negative talking points.”
As of this writing, the site is up and proudly proclaims:
65,853,516 Americans voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, giving her a decisive popular vote victory over Donald Trump. Clinton’s voters came from all backgrounds and political persuasions; some supported other candidates in the primaries; but all had common interests and aspirations, among them a repudiation of what Trump’s campaign stood for.
The Clinton coalition remains strong and engaged. #StillWithHer is a widely-used hashtag that reflects a mindset and a mission: to fight for a future where love trumps hate, dignity overcomes division, equality and justice defeat extremism and bigotry.
Of course, it’s the Electoral College that matters in presidential elections, not the popular vote count. Daou continues with the obligatory whining (Emphasis added):
Hillary Clinton faced relentless vilification, imbalanced media coverage, and foreign propaganda, yet still attracted more votes than any presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama in 2008.
With the essence of American democracy at stake, 65.8 million people saw through the lies and smears and made a wise, patriotic choice. But they continue to be marginalized and harassed. Verrit’s purpose is to become their trusted source of political information and analysis; to provide them (and anyone like-minded) sanctuary in a chaotic media environment; to center their shared principles; and to do so with an unwavering commitment to truth and facts.
What planet is this guy on?
Anyway, it gets better, with headlines that look like they came straight from The Onion — or the Soviet-era Pravda:
- Democrats Face Voter Suppression, Gerrymandering, Rightwing Media
- Study: Mainstream Media Acted as Trump’s Mouthpiece, Clinton’s Foe
- Equal Pay for Women of Color Is Still Centuries Away
- EPA Head Scott Pruitt Wants Science Out of Government Policy
Yeah, those are ACTUAL headlines from a site that claims it will educate Clinton’s supporters. More like keep them brainwashed, deluded and ignorant.
According to Recode: “Eventually, Daou hopes the site will have a podcast, some analysis, a hub on YouTube and other elements, as he aims to help Clinton backers fight the ‘bullying from the radical right and fringe left.’ Asked about funders, Daou said he’s ‘just beginning the process, actually.’”
“This is a brand-new organic project,” he added. “We launched this in June, and we’re just beginning the process of how we’re going to expand and grow the company and finance it.”
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