A bi-partisan investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has cleared Trump of collusion with Russia, but it has absolutely implicated Russia in meddling with the election. The report also shows that Trump’s campaign team’s interactions with Russia were a “grave” counterintelligence threat.
What is scary about this news is that Russia is targeting Joe Biden and trying to help Trump win the election, and Trump’s response was, “I don’t care.”
Another one of their latest strategies is to make voting harder, a time-honored American tradition. Louis DeJoy (an oddly apt name) has just sacked key Post Office officials and is threatening to cut spending dramatically, which would prove disastrous for the 2020 election.
This isn’t the only non-traditional move made by the Trump campaign. Kayne West’s allegedly Independent presidential run is be a strategy to siphon off black voters from the Democratic party and help Donald Trump. That may sound crazy at first, but consider the fact that key Republican operatives are pushing Kanye to run and helping manage his campaign. At least 6 such operatives have been identified so far.
Also, according to a recent Washington Post article, the Trump campaign actively courted the online conspiracy community QAnon in the lead-up to the 2020 election, which makes an alarming combination.
Twitter has banned 7,000 accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, all of whom have violated the site’s policy on harassment. Twitter will also limit the spread of QAnon-related misinformation, which is expected to impact another 150,000 users. Unfortunately, QAnon conspiracists believe that big companies like Twitter are already part of a conspiracy against freedom, so this is basically guaranteed to go poorly.
As Trump’s polling numbers get worse and as his campaign drags, he’s looking for ways to stay in office…and none of them are legal. In a recent tweet, he floated the idea of postponing the November election, which of course he cannot do. Such an obvious move may actually be a smokescreen for another way he can sabotage the election in his favor: interfering with mail-in ballots by effectively shutting down the Post Office.