Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein might not have made as big a splash as she wanted during the 2016 election, but in its aftermath, the Moscow-friendly candidate keeps coming up regarding Russia’s attempt to influence the election.
ThinkProgress reports that a new batch of tweets from fake Russian Twitter accounts reveal the Kremlin was working hard to push Stein’s campaign in an effort to steal away potential support from Hillary Clinton.
The new tweets come courtesy of a pair of Clemson University professors, Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, and were published by FiveThirtyEight last week. With nearly 3 million total tweets, researchers are continuing to comb through the new database for clues about Russia’s 2016 social media interference operations, which has already seen a dozen Russian nationals indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Some used simple hashtags, as with the Facebook ad. One, for instance, simply read “#JillStein2016 #GoGreen #GreenParty #Democrats #DemExit #Republicans #GOPexit #USA.” Another, from the Russian @StayWoke88 account, read, “I #voted for #JillStein because I could NOT vote for more war. #ItsInOurHands”
Others, however, pointed directly to Stein’s apparent credentials, along with those of her vice presidential nominee, Ajamu Baraka. (Baraka, for what it’s worth, declared that the destruction of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 was actually a false flag operation against Russia.)
ThinkProgress put together a list of some of the most glaring examples:
@Aiden7757: Why waste your vote on lying, corrupt, racist oligarchs? #InvestYourVote in DrJillStein #ElectionFinalThoughts
@Adrgreerr: This is why I LOVE @DrJillStein SHE knows shit. Libertarian nominee: What is Aleppo?
@DamaniMiles: Did you know there’s a Woman named Dr. Jill Stein yes DOCTOR who is beautifully educated and actually cares about people instead of money?
@PeytonCashout: #Latinxs must support @DrJillStein plan to end student debt, #VoteGreen in November. #TodxsConJill #Jill2016 #SteinBaraka
@PatriotBlake: People, Planet and Peace I am endorsing @DrJillStein for President
@Muslims_in_USA: Anti-republican and anti-Hillary, Vote green!! Jill Stein 2016 #JillStein #JillStein2016
@CassIsHere: Susan B. Anthony wouldn’t have voted for Clinton, she would have opted for someone like @DrJillStein, but go ahead and pretend otherwise.
In an interesting turn, after the presidential election some of the accounts took to criticizing the failed candidate — particularly for her vote recount efforts.
“Mich voters rejected @DrJillStein’s candidacy and her refusal to accept verified results poses an expensive &a risky threat to MI taxpayers,” read an early December 2016 tweet from @CarrieThornthon. Added another, @Finley1589, “Michigan recount cancelled. Will Jill Stein donate her scam money to environmental causes or just keep it?”
Stein, who joined former national security adviser Mike Flynn in celebrating the Russian propaganda outlet RT in Moscow in 2015, has said she will not fully comply with the Senate’s investigation into Russian election interference.