The Russians weren’t just using Facebook to hurt Hillary Clinton with fake news. They also organized pro-Trump rallies in swing states like Florida.
The Daily Beast uncovered the first definitive evidence that the Russians were using Facebook explicitly to get Trump elected, “Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned. The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens of supporters together in real life. They appear to be the first case of Russian provocateurs successfully mobilizing Americans over Facebook in direct support of Donald Trump.”
The events were called “Florida Goes Trump,” and they illustrate how deeply involved the Russians were with getting Trump elected. The Russians organized “Miners for Trump” events in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. They staged a pro-Trump September 11 event in Manhattan. The Russians were disrupting democracy in swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania. Trump’s Electoral College margin of victory was roughly 80,000 votes in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.