Apparently, Al Franken’s resignation was a result of a twitter bot operation and a website in Japan.
A pair of Japan-based websites, created the day before Tweeden came forward, and a swarm of related Twitter bots made the Tweeden story go viral and then weaponized a liberal writer’s criticism of Franken. The bot army—in tandem with prominent real, live members of the far right who have Twitter followers in the millions, such as Mike Cernovich—spewed thousands of posts, helping the #FrankenFondles hashtag and the “Franken is a groper” meme effectively silence the testimonies of eight former female staffers who defended the Minnesota Democrat before he resigned last year.
Let me see if I understand this: It was a twitter bot movement and some guy in Japan working in concert with disgraced Trump ally Roger Stone that forced Franken to resign.
And because the hashtag #FrankenFondles went viral, it was effective in silencing of eight former female staffers who defended Franken, despite the fact that just as many credible witnesses had already shared stories of his aggressive behavior.
I personally believe that Franken should not have resigned. However, it was the outrage of some of the more left extreme feminists who wanted his .. um.. head cut off.. despite more reasonable elements that wanted a due process proceeding to take place. He should have been, and was denied, an opportunity to defend himself in a public proceeding. Of course, he tried to blame everything on Trump which didn’t help him in the leftist court of public opinion, but whatever.
It is quite comical that liberals and the media are afraid of being influenced by a few twitter bots, as if voters and the public are incapable of making up their own minds. What is more surprising is how relatively few bots managed to affect the Twitter hashtag trending algorithms to the point it forced a well respected US Senator to resign.
If we’ve learned anything from this election is the silence of Twitter and Facebook of how their badly written software was affected by so few accounts to sway a general election away from a candidate that campaigned ineffectively, and forced many liberals out of office who were caught not holding themselves to their own standards.
From my perspective, after reading the Mueller indictment of Russian operatives trying to undermine our democracy and the resulting investigation of the few thousand dollars spent on social media against the tens of millions by the candidates, it seems odd that so many voters chose not to vote for Hillary, even though she really didn’t campaign hard in the “Blue Wall” states like Wisconsin and Michigan.
Let’s not forget that, according to the indictment, this operation was going on in 2014, and that some intelligence operatives knew about it from the start, only to see Obama completely ignore it until after Hillary lost.
Despite the media’s pledge to attempt to understand the electorate after their candidate of choice lost, the narrative has suddenly changed to a full on blitz to blame a foreign power for Trump’s win. People are going off the rails because Trump is not spending a lot of time tweeting about “Russian meddling”, with some saying it’s an impeachable offense.
Of course it’s completely coincidental that all this heightened rhetoric has nothing to do with the fact that Democrat advantage in down ballot polling that was pushed back in November and December has evaporated. And certainly, has nothing to do with the fact that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is winning over the electorate.
The media is now focused on what Trump’s response should be to the effort by a foreign government to influence elections after Mueller’s very precarious indictment. There is a “purposeful” fear being generated to set the narrative that if the Democrats do not win back at least one chamber of Congress, the troll bots could be easily blamed.
The real truth to all of this is that Democrats no longer have a message and so the media are doing their best to lay the groundwork to try and help Democrats. Useless organizations such as Alliance for Securing Democracy are being showcased as on the forefront of protecting “fragile democracies” when in fact, they are part of the global elitists.
Let’s also not forget that, despite all the numbers thrown out about how much influence bots are having on the software platforms, not a single number has been presented to show just how much influence on social media resulted in changed votes. They want you to believe that all the meme’s and retweets were causing voters to change their minds, despite that fact that most research showed that more than ninety percent of voters in 2016 had already made up their mind well before election day. And still, complete crickets on how effective it was on the remaining ten percent.
But you know, Franken was forced to resign because of twitter bots and a Japanese website.