Divide and conquer.  It’s an old military tactic. The U.S. is under sneak attack. Russians — pretending to be American — are driving wedges into American society.

Geoff Brumfiel, writing for NPR:

Data collected by the site over the past few months suggests that Russian social media accounts are now regularly seizing on divisive or tragic news to rile up segments of American society.

“The Kremlin doesn’t care about gun control in America, they have no skin in this game,” [Bret] Schafer says. Accordingly, some accounts tracked by Hamilton 68 spew extreme, pro-gun rhetoric. Others attack the National Rifle Association. “By taking an extreme hyper-partisan position, it just serves to further rip us apart,” Schafer says.


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