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Sat Feb 2, 2019, 03:23 PM

Experts: Russian propaganda machine pushing Tulsi Gabbard candidacy

The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat who earlier this month declared her intention to run for president in 2020.

An NBC News analysis of the main English-language news sites employed by Russia in its 2016 election meddling shows Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who is set to make her formal announcement Saturday, has become a favorite of the sites Moscow used when it interfered in 2016.

Several experts who track websites and social media linked to the Kremlin have also seen what they believe may be the first stirrings of an upcoming Russian campaign of support for Gabbard.

Since Gabbard announced her intention to run on Jan. 11, there have been at least 20 Gabbard stories on three major Moscow-based English-language websites affiliated with or supportive of the Russian government: RT, the Russian-owned TV outlet; Sputnik News, a radio outlet; and Russia Insider, a blog that experts say closely follows the Kremlin line. The CIA has called RT and Sputnik part of "Russia's state-run propaganda machine."

All three sites celebrated Gabbard's announcement, defended her positions on Russia and her 2017 meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, and attacked those who have suggested she is a pawn for Moscow. The coverage devoted to Gabbard, both in news and commentary, exceeds that afforded to any of the declared or rumored Democratic candidates despite Gabbard's lack of voter recognition.



https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/russia-s-propaganda-machine-discovers-2020-democratic-candidate-tulsi-gabbard-n964261

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 03:36 PM

1. So Is She The Next Manchurian Candidate?

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Response to Me. (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 03:39 PM

2. She's got Russian backing and takes money from India

So at least it will be an open question whether she's working for Putin or Modi

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 03:43 PM

3. Russia pushing the wrong candidate, with that being said, follow the money flowing into



the Gabbard campaign.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 05:26 PM

4. I am SHOCKED SHOCKED to find gambling on here.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2019, 08:58 PM

5. There are a couple of avid backers on this site.

One is a very familiar poster who always seems on the contrarian side of things.

Most will know who I'm taliing about.

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