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Jared and Brad - From Geniuses to Evil Geniuses?

Remember Brad Parscale? He mostly worked out of San Antonio and was hired by Jared Kushner to help put together a digital strategy that was able to target where Trump would give stump speeches, among other things. A very successful strategy, despite the laughs Trump’s frantic final rounds of speeches in places like Michigan and Pennsylvania produced among much of the political class back in the fall of 2016.

Well, thanks to an increasing series of leaks from what appears to be Special Counsel Mueller's investigative team, it appears that Brad Parscale, along with Jared Kushner of course, are very much persons of interest to Mueller's team.

Why? The claim is that an allegedly Russian-run series of so-called fake news bots that were all over social media, targeted voters in precisely places like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Even in specific precincts, if you believe these latest rumors.

Is this really true? Can the investigators measure Russian trolls activity by precinct? Democrat Senator Mark Warner, of Virginia of course, claims that Russian bots/trolls targeted women and African Americans in Wisconsin and Michigan, where it's true that the margins of victory were tight. It's heartening to know that Senator Warner is now an expert in the algorithms that Facebook and Twitter use or can assure everyone that he knows the experts who actually do know this stuff. And that they agree with his assessment.

Look. This is not impossible. But until convincing evidence emerges that in the first place, the trolls and bots were almost certainly Russian, and in the second place, that they targeted overlooked precincts and areas of the country that Brad Parscale and Jared Kushner's digital campaign had supposedly flagged as crucial to winning the election, this is one more grand conspiracy theory.

Regardless, if this is the level of granularity that Special Counsel Mueller's team is going to be diving down into, then we are in for a very long investigation, with many many witnesses and some fairly far-fetched theories that prosecutors will be out to prove. Aside from their also trying to get witnesses to contradict themselves and thus face perjury charges.

According to Senator Warner, who seems to have seen much of what Mueller's team is working on from his perch in the Senate Intel Committee, this Russian bot army was already operating during the 2015 primaries, targeting GOP candidates like Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Lindsey Graham. Again, evidence please. But we'll have to wait until Mueller's team starts deposing people, or until the leaks from his team start picking up in frequency.

Another ex-official, Mike Carpenter who was Obama's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, has given the media a juicy quote about how the supposed Russian bot army had contacts in America who were "knowledgeable about where to target the disinformation", as he puts it.

So now Jared Kushner is apparently the evil genius rather than simply the genius behind Trump's electoral strategy last year. To effectively prove that is a very high hurdle for Special Counsel Mueller's team. You would have to prove that there was focused targeting of swing electoral districts by bots/trolls, and that it was done according to information that only people like Brad Parscale could have provided to them. Then you'd have to prove that those bots influenced the voting enough to swing the election the president's way.

This feels like it could just be a huge pile of bullcrap. But at this point, we cannot say that it is merely that. We will have to take Senator Warner's and Mike Carpenter's word for whatever one feels they are worth. Until Mueller's team begin hauling witnesses in to testify. And clear, convincing evidence starts emerging.

Posted by AllardK at July 14, 2017 12:41 PM
Comment #418154

I’ve long suspected that these articles are authored by S.D. in other disguises in the green and red columns. This one is very close to his style of writing. He only goes into his longer epistolary format under his own name.

Everyone who knows anything knows the capabilities of the Kushner and Mercer publishing machines. They don’t have to be doing it all by themselves for it to be true, any more than it would be drumpf who is doing his own taxes.

A side note; Even KAC’s husband is getting fed up with the recent turns of events in drumpfland. People’s marriages are actually breaking up over drumpf POS.

Posted by: oraoghilie at July 14, 2017 1:15 PM
Comment #418169

Interesting piece…thanks Allard.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 14, 2017 4:45 PM
Comment #418223

Sorry pdx8, you comment in the red column got caught in my crossfire. Someone needs to write a new article.

Comment #418220

“I am going to give a major speech on probably Monday of next week, and we’re going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons. I think you’re going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.”
Donald Trump
June 7th
Shortly after the meeting between his son, son-in-law, campaign manager, a Russian lawyer, a translator, and a lobbyist/spy.

(Some reports state there were two additional people at the meeting- Goldstone (a cutout), and a family member of an oligarch.

This resembles that controversy when Trump gave the Florida AG a $25,000 campaign contribution and she dropped the Trump University lawsuit. At first, Trump denied he even knew her. Soon, pictures emerged of them together at a fund raiser he threw in her honor, and of them sitting together at a table. Trump lies all the time. It is only a free press and the investigative reporting of outlets like the NYT, WaPo, CNN, and others that reveals the lying, the depths of his moral depravity.
Posted by: phx8 at July 15, 2017 5:38 PM

Posted by: oraoghilie at July 15, 2017 5:46 PM
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