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Open mouth, insert sock: foreign actors have no need for trumped-up Trump framing

By Scott Taylor      

I have to question why foreign state actors—like Iran and Russia—would expend such energy creating ‘sock-puppets’ to fabricate the impression that U.S. President Donald Trump is a dangerous moron.

U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured at the White House on July 22, 2019, bids farewell to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Trump blew up a storm of controversy during an Oval Office meeting with Mr. Khan after he told reporters that he could win the war in Afghanistan within a week by simply blowing it ‘off the face of the earth.’ White House photograph courtesy of Shealah Craighead

OTTAWA—For years now we have been told by various Western intelligence agencies that Russia is using social media platforms to interfere in foreign elections and referendums. We are to believe that it was the Russians who manipulated the Brits into voting for Brexit, infused the American populace with the bigotry which led to Trump’s election win, confused Ontario voters into making Doug Ford premier, and now they somehow seduced the British card-carrying members of the Conservative Party into making Boris Johnson the U.K.’s prime minister.

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