Former Reagan Official David Stockman says the indictment is comic book fiction.
As a Reagan official, David Stockman was Director of the Office and Management and Budget. He’s been highly skeptical of the Russia conspiracy theory. Now that Robert Mueller has officially indicted Russia, Stockman looked at the charges. In his long essay he argues that they are ridiculous, that the troll farm wasn’t connected to the Russian government, and that the “information warfare,” was a “nothingburger.”
He writes at LewRockwell.com, “Mueller’s Comic Book Indictment: How to Prosecute A Great Big Nothingburger.”
Most of the cited gleanings amounted to crude word bombs, often in broken English, that presumably even Kim Kardashian’s 59 million Twitter followers could see through.
The lion’s share of these postings and ads probably disappeared into cyberspace like the sound of a falling tree in an empty forest, anyway. According to Facebook itself, the seemingly ubiquitous social media ad campaign despicted in the indictment was nothing of the kind. It actually amounted to just 3,000 placements at a cost of $100,000—more than half of which were purchased after the election, and 25% of which ended-up in its dead letter office (unread).
Likewise, the handful of efforts to actually stimulate pro-Trump rallies in Florida and elsewhere were abject failures. As we document below, the Russians had absolutely no “ground game” in the US and any third-rate campaign consultant will tell you that ads alone do not produce crowds. In fact, there is virtually no evidence that anyone showed up at the rallies cited by Mueller.
Besides, the overwhelming share of the pro-Trump social media postings uncovered by Mueller’s sleuths amounted to “copy and paste” relays of current partisan talking points. Thus, the indictment cites such slogans as:
“Vote Republican, vote Trump, and support the Second Amendment!”.
“Trump is our only hope for a better future!”
“Donald wants to defeat terrorism…Hillary wants to sponsor it”Really?
Here’s Stockman’s earlier comments on Russia:
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