Colorado Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bennet released an e-book on Wednesday that highlights numerous memes which had been allegedly posted to social media by Russian trolls through the 2016 presidential election to create political divisiveness amongst Americans.
“The propaganda Russia drove into our social media feeds is shocking, but what’s even more frightening is that we didn’t recognize these divisive images as distinct from our own political rhetoric for over a year,” mentioned Bennet in a press release.
“This book makes crystal clear what Russia did and how they did it. The 2020 election is around the corner, yet the Trump administration has done nothing to protect our democracy from these attacks again. We must demand that Mitch McConnell see these disturbing images and act now.”
The e book, which incorporates numerous meme imagery, items of Robert Mueller’s report about Russian meddling within the election and a number of sections penned by Bennet, is essentially meant as a method to increase marketing campaign funds whereas pressuring Senate Leader McConnell to behave on election safety. For every donation, the Bennet marketing campaign mentioned they might ship McConnell’s workplace a printed copy of the e book within the donor’s title.
Bennet’s plan has additionally garnered some help from Obama-era nationwide safety figures.
“Senator Michael Bennet’s book on 2016 Russian electoral interference is powerful and sobering,” mentioned Susan E. Rice, former U.S. nationwide safety adviser. “It makes clear that these social media attacks continue to distort our democratic processes.”
McConnell blocked two election safety payments from coming to the Senate ground previous to the legislative physique’s August recess.
The block got here simply in the future after Mueller informed the House that Russian brokers had been at the moment attempting to affect future elections. “They’re doing it as we sit here and they expect to do it during the next campaign,” he mentioned. Mueller additionally famous that future political campaigns could ask international adversaries for filth on their opponents. “I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is,” he mentioned.
McConnell mentioned that the payments had been extremely partisan and that Democrats had been simply attempting to realize some “political benefit” from them.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to Twitter to admonish McConnell on the time. “I just went to the floor to demand the Senate pass a commonsense bill to protect our elections,” he wrote. “Because Mueller was clear that Putin is seeking to undermine our elections. ButMcConnell stood in the way.”
McConnell’s refusal to budge induced some on the left to start utilizing the nickname “Moscow Mitch” to consult with the chief.