Courtesy of the Daily Beast:🚨ALERT🚨DISGRACE‼️@Twitter #Suspends @TEN_GOP One of Greatest Trump Supporter on #Twitter‼️ pic.twitter.com/sqDwGY3KeQ— TRUMP ANOMALY® (@ANOMALY1) July 4, 2017
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 Nov. 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.
The discovery of the now-unavailable tweets presents the first evidence that several members of the Trump campaign pushed covert Russian propaganda on social media in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Of course these members of the campaign staff have some deniability since they can claim that they believed that the account really was representing the views of the Tennessee Republicans.
However it should be noted that the Tennessee Republicans disavowed the account and contacted Twitter to tell them to take it down, which they did, after 11 months.
It may be easy to understand how Kellyanne Conway was fooled by this, but the campaign's digital director?
Starting to smell more and more like collusion around here.