As many suspected, the Trump train was spreading a lot of the propaganda produced by Russian trolling farms during the presidential campaign.
Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names and supporters, including Trump’s campaign manager, digital director and son, pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign.
The Twitter account @Ten_GOP, which called itself the “Unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans,” was operated from the Kremlin-backed “Russian troll farm,” or Internet Research Agency, a source familiar with the account confirmed with The Daily Beast.
The account’s origins in the Internet Research Agency were originally reported by the independent Russian news outlet RBC. @Ten_GOP was created on November 19, 2015, and accumulated over 100 thousand followers before Twitter shut it down. The Daily Beast independently confirmed the reasons for @Ten_GOP’s account termination.
This isn’t too surprising to us who were politically active and were paying attention on Twitter. @TEN_GOP was simply too good at their trolling to be some random guy. I had my suspicions and told the minions on the podcast about them a long time ago.
But that doesn’t prove collusion. The officials could have just noted that they were producing especially effective memes, narratives and messaging. Still, it shows just how insane that election was….