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Let’s go back to the very beginning — Russian interference in the 2016 election, when, deep in the bowels of the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) two key strategic plans unfolded. One was “help elect Trump.” Imaginary bloggers and “likers” were set up to spoof American social media accounts delivering millions of pro-Trump tweets, YouTube videos and Facebook posts. Astroturf groups were organized to demonstrate for Trump and demonize Hillary. But that was only half the intended goal. The other half was to promote #DemocracyRIP by spreading …read more