Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 9 months ago

Why do Democrat have so little faith in the US election system that they think a few Russian Facebook memes can interfere with it?

And in what way does this widespread belief not undermine our institutions?

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  • 9 months ago

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It was a major influence operation by a hostile foreign government, not just "a few Russian facebook memes". The Russians spent millions of dollars on this operation. If Hillary Clinton had gotten millions of dollars from some improper source you'd be up in arms. Minimizing this also contradicts the Trump campaign's own assessment. We now know that the Trump campaign saw Russian interference in the election, including especially their dump of stolen documents, as critical to their campaign. Trump made reference to Russian propaganda and document dumps in just about every public speech he made in the closing weeks of the campaign.

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  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Any election system is vulnerable to manipulation at the margins by a disinformation campaign. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, democracy is the worst form of government except all others that have been tried. Nobody with half a brain claims that democracy is perfect or immune from disinformation or populist demagogues. The Federalist Papers include an extensive discussion of how the Constitution contains restraints on elected officials to prevent any would-be dictator from achieving his goals when such a person would eventually be elected. After all, several dictators in world history came to power as a result of winning an election.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Russian interference plus a complicit president certainly corrupts the election system

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  • 9 months ago

    They are grasping at any straw to explain their failure to keep Trump from being elected.

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  • Sharon
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    it is not a few, and it most certainly is not just Facebook. YA has had plenty of Russian trolling and planting fake comments to stir up trouble. Probably the same with most other social media.

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  • 9 months ago

    🥴 It did.

    As did Red states in voter suppression.

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  • 9 months ago

    When the three "battleground states" that put Trump over the top were all won by fewer votes than the Green Party candidate got, it doesn't take much to change an election's results.

    • Jeff D
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      That hardly requires Russian interference to explain. Third parties often split the vote (see Nader in 2000 or Perot in 1996 and 1992).

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