@GenusHomo – I’ve repeatedly heard the challenging question from Trump supporters that no one can point out a single instance where Russian interference changed the mind of any voter. When this question is asked those hearing it are usually unprepared to give a convincing response.
The answer is fairly plain.
Propaganda, in this case Russian propaganda never sought to change anyone’s mind.
That would be too overt, instead they did something more insidious; they reinforced the uninformed prejudices of groups of Americans by catering to their bigotry and paranoia.
Russia being at the center of the largest land mass on earth has consequently been invaded numerous times and has an almost pathological interest in the internal affairs of other nations. It has a long history of covertly spreading misinformation and in the twentieth century its incarnation as the Soviet Union brought this practice to its apex.
In an age of facebook chat rooms and free speech, American populations were a perfect target for a well coordinated and highly effective effort to sow discord into the body politic.
With the full backing of the Russian government their skills in this activity are highly sophisticated, so much so that their target audience still firmly believe they were unaffected by the misinformation onslaught.
The perfect dupe is one that steadfastly asserts he was never duped. How many people believed that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 911, or that Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring from a pizza restaurant in Washington, or that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, or that he was a Muslim? Millions still believe these falsehoods who swear they can never be duped.
Confirmation bias is always a reliable default position for those who lack a practiced habit of critical judgement.
they actually resurfaced to sing “The Day Democracy Died.”
When that sinking feeling laid us low
That we’d all live to curse the day
Promising a great wall
But something rumbled deep inside
Who lost it by three million strong
Repeated by Fox talking heads
‘Cause if they had a brain
He craved the love he never had
Rich and white is better, yes
Who laundered condos for autocrats
Too many to suppress
Together we can reverse the tide
And she’s a leading activist
Saw lines for miles, all happy-faced