The Wall Street Journal is reporting that in the wake of claims by a mysterious “outside researcher,” it has investigated the origins of a bunch of pro-Bernie Sanders content on Facebook and has been unable to substantiate suggestions that content came from either Russian entities or supporters of President Trump:
“We investigate each credible claim we receive, just as we did in this instance when an outside researcher contacted us,” Mr. Stone said. “To date, we have not been able to substantiate the researcher’s claims and we have not been notified by the intelligence community.”
While Russia is said by US intelligence agencies to be backing Sanders in the presidential contest, the real “news” here seems to be that a bunch of organic, real Bernie Sanders supporters are sufficiently awful people that they behave like you would expect operatives at the Russian Internet Research Agency or pro-Trump trolls to behave while impersonating Sanders backers.
This was on full display last night after Daily Beast reporter Scott Bixby ran a piece about a now-fired Sanders staffer who had been behaving in a stereotypically horrible Bernie Bro manner on a private Twitter feed.
Among other high points, the author referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “an adult diaper fetishist.”
After the piece ran, Bixby was instantaneously inundated with spam texts from angry Bernie Bros, clogging his phone with text prompts urging him to download a bevy of apps and undercutting his ability to communicate for what appeared to be hours.
The upshot here: For all the hysteria about Russia and Trump trolls, it turns out that the real enemy is the Bernie Bros, who are quite simply awful people.