GOP's dependent on lies, slander, and slim balls ...-

case in point Trump’s Mauldin - “Trump Consultant Is Trolling Democrats With Biden Site That Isn’t Biden’s”

All the site says about its creator is buried in the fine print at the bottom of the page. The site, it says, is a political parody built and paid for “BY AN American citizen FOR American citizens,” and not the work of any campaign or political action committee.

There is indeed an American behind the website — that much is unambiguously true. But he is very much a political player, and a Republican one at that. His name is Patrick Mauldin, and he makes videos and other digital content for President Trump’s re-election campaign. Together with his brother Ryan, Mr. Mauldin also runs Vici Media Group, a Republican political consulting firm in Austin whose website opens with the line “We Kick” followed by the image of a donkey — the Democratic Party symbol often known by another, three-letter, name.


By Matthew Rosenberg June 29, 2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/us/politics/fake-joe-biden-website.html

Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director, did not directly address that issue, though he said it was “great that talented supporters of President Trump use their time to help his re-election.”

“We appreciate their efforts in their own time with parodies like this that help the cause,” he added.

Inside the campaign, Mr. Mauldin, 30, is seen as a rising star, prized for his mischievous sense of humor and digital know-how, according to two people familiar with the operation. He also appears to be very much on point in his choice of targets: Mr. Biden is the Democrat polling strongest against Mr. Trump and has been repeatedly singled out on Twitter by the president.

Mr. Biden’s campaign knew about the fake website for months, but had not been aware of who was behind it, said T.J. Ducklo, a campaign spokesman. “Imagine our surprise that a site full of obvious disinformation,” he said, “is the handiwork of an operative tied to the Trump campaign.”
Can anything be done about it, or have Americans already normalized all this sort of behavior? The biggest bullshit artist wins.


It’s like the Republican leaders and strategists have all devolved into the mentality of spoiled rich brats - incapable of aware beyond their own infantile expectations.

The slim balls are crawling out of all the cracks to line up behind this Trump - it’s beyond the pale. Truth and honesty means absolutely nothing to these people.

awareness

last line of the bottom quote belongs outside the quote box.

Then there’s this one, that everyone seems to be trying to skepticize into triviality. Yes, correlation is not causation. then again that gorilla is looking pretty sheepish.

 

https://www.axios.com/russia-interference-trolls-impact-2016-election-eff627d5-f1b3-48fd-8745-449262880e16.html

 

A new study found that for every 25,000 retweets that a known Russian troll account received during the 2016 election, Donald Trump’s poll numbers jumped 1%.

Why it matters: The study, conducted by a team headed at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and published in the peer-reviewed University of Illinois-Chicago journal “First Monday,” suggests that — despite protests to the contrary by Republicans and Trump allies — the Russian disinformation campaign was successful in influencing the 2016 election.
Details: The Tennessee-Knoxville study analyzed 770,005 tweets in English from known Russian troll accounts, as well as corresponding poll data from FiveThirtyEight’s archive of multiple polling outlets.

Every 25,000 retweets of Russian accounts correlated to a 1% increase in Trump’s poll numbers one week later.
Given the frequency of tweets from Russian accounts, 25,000 retweets would average around 10 retweets per tweet.
Retweets did not have a similar effect on Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.
The study also found that 91% of first retweeters of known Russian bots were non-Russian bots, “which suggests that propaganda spread into networks of real U.S. citizens.”
Caveat: Correlation does not always mean causation. If a Trump talking point encouraged a particularly viral Tweet, for example, it may have also encouraged a change in Trump’s polling on its own.

It’s also worth noting that the U.S. intelligence community has not conclusively weighed in on whether Russia’s interference in 2016 had a tangible impact on the results of the election.

Go deeper: U.S. is underestimating Putin’s “grand strategy” for Russian dominance


 

Internet Research Agency Twitter activity predicted 2016 US election polls

https://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/10107/8049


 

Every 25,000 retweets of Russian accounts correlated to a 1% increase in Trump’s poll numbers one week later.
Given the frequency of tweets from Russian accounts, 25,000 retweets would average around 10 retweets per tweet.

Twitter users are mostly young democrats and 10% of them create 80% of the tweets. 7% of Americans use Twitter. Thus, fewer than one in 13 Americans who know about Twitter, actually use Twitter.

One would expect that the news picks up on the tweets and spreads it to the public. But the news relating to Trump is Fake News. Nothing good about Trump was use by the news, only the lies and bad stuff. So, young Democrats tweet and retweet bad things about Trump. It is spread by the Fake News and Trumps’ poll numbers goes up. Looks like the Russians are the least of the Democrats problems.