Roy Moore Gains 20K Twitter Followers…From Russia

The Washington Examiner reports:

Judge Roy Moore is a big deal in Alabama — and also, apparently, in Russia. A swarm of Russian Twitter bots has suddenly followed the Republican front-runner in the special Alabama senate race, helping to increase his social media audience from about 27,000 followers on Friday to 47,000 on Monday.

But don’t call him Russian Roy just yet. The Moore campaign doesn’t understand the candidate’s sudden Soviet popularity and they’ve asked Twitter to investigate. “We had absolutely nothing to do with this,” Moore spokesman, Drew Messer said. “We’ve never purchased followers or dummy ads on Twitter.”

Another aide told me the same, stating that “our social guys worked hard to build an authentic following.” And while it’s difficult to explain why Moore is suddenly big in the former USSR, there’s no denying his popularity in Alabama. The base that loves Moore will follow, will like, and will retweet everything he puts out online.

Twitter has already suspended thousands of Moore’s Russian bot followers. As of today he holds an eight-point lead over Democrat Doug Jones.

  • Gustav2

    So they will have less time to spend on Mediaite?

    • Cuberly Deux

      You ain’t kidding. Damn, it’s incrementally worse every freaking day.

      • Joe in PA

        I just pop in once in a while, and I ONLY click on very anti-Trump stuff…just to see how the commenters can twist into pretzels to blame Hillary or Barrack. Truly remarkable.

        • Cuberly Deux

          Right now there’s an anti-gay infestation on the article re; Trump ribbing Pence, saying he wants all the gays killed. Oddly enough I went back to see where the venom was heading and surprise there were actually quite a few of the more toxic comments had been removed. I guess the one person they dedicate for moderation finally made it to that particular article.

          That won’t last long.

          • Joe in PA

            I was on the Washington Blade site the other day, dang the trolls were awful. They must have figured out “it’s a gay site…so let’s troll”. The 2017 version of ‘roll a fag’. Do it anonymously online! Sigh.

          • pch1013

            It’s an iron-clad law of the internet, going all the way back to Usenet, AOL, etc.: As time goes by, the probability of an unmoderated message board being completely taken over by Nazi trolls approaches 1.

          • Paul

            I found a way to report facebook comments to the pages they appear on. If you mark it as spam then it’s usually up to the page to remove them. As Facebook don’t seem to care about anti-gay comments it’s a good way to get them removed from pro gay pages like GLAAD.

    • Joe in PA

      Teeheehee.

  • coram nobis

    Joseph McCarthy wept.

  • Tomcat

    Man with this guy when it rains, it is Golden Showers.

  • How about we all just f’n agree to stop calling this twice impeached/fired former Alabama Supreme Court Justice by the undeserved title of “Judge”?

    • BTW, this Russian support is part of their ongoing campaign to try to start a race war in America.

      • Jeffg166

        I think their goal is civil war.

      • Todd20036

        Fortunately, the Nazis collectively are too stupid and out of shape to be of any real danger.
        Look at the Charlotteville snowflakes.

    • Tomcat

      I just call him by the same title I call Trump. ASSHOLE.

    • lymis

      Maybe “Sludge?”

      • Joe in PA

        I like it.

      • jerry

        “Sludge Dread” has a nice ring to it.

    • Joseph Miceli

      How about “Disgraced Former Judge Roy Moore?”

    • McSwagg

      I just complete the word as “Judge-mental Roy Moore”

  • Bluto
    • Tomcat

      Thanks for the closeup, I can envision a small hole in the forehead and a big one in the back of the head.

  • TrueWords
  • m_lp_ql_m

    Anyone can buy Twitter followers. Only certain people would be willing to pay for Twitter followers.

  • John

    yet another example of the Soviets are winning the New Cold War, thanks to the Republican Party. Irony anyone?

    • Ish

      The Soviet Union hasn’t existed in over 25 years.

      • JT

        But you exist to make them a reality again.

        • pch1013

          Former KGB chief Vladimir Putin has not been made any less OK by having become a billionaire kleptocrat.

    • Schnackenpfefferhausen

      The Kremlin works both the far right and the far left in Cold War 2.0.

      • pch1013

        The Horseshoe Theory is real.

  • TrueWords

    http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/03/news/russia-troll-factory-putin/index.html

    Based in St. Petersburg, the agency was staffed predominately by young people, many of whom were unable to find jobs elsewhere, Savchuk said.
    They were given targets such as President Obama, Europe or Ukraine, and ordered to celebrate two characters: Putin and his defense minister Sergey Shoygu.
    “Most of them do the work unconsciously and write what they’re dictated,” she said, “If tomorrow they’re told to praise Obama and hate Putin, they will do so.”
    The trolls were paid between 40,000 and 50,000 rubles (about $750) per month. Savchuk said she donated her pay to charity.

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/150902160240-russian-internet-trolls-780×439.jpg

  • Treant

    Hey, it worked on the ignorant American rubes last November. They sure as hell haven’t educated themselves in the last year and the government has done exactly nothing to stop this. It’ll work on the ignorant American rubes this November.

    • Gianni

      I’m tempted to say that you’re being unkind, but I can’t bring myself to say that. Too big a part of me agrees.

    • Joe in PA

      OT what fresh hell is that avatar all about? Sheesh, we go from pretty flowers to THAT? Make it stop!!! πŸ™‚

      • Treant

        I adore Hallowe’en. My carved pumpkin is up in the dining room (I’m recharging the batteries for it now).

        What I don’t like is the gardens going down, but more on that later. With photos from The Last Day. Frost is expected tonight, but there’s an off chance we’ll get lucky.

        • Joe in PA

          Only predicted to be upper 30s here. I’ve got the tropicals inside…so I’m not scrambling (like usual!). I spent the day cutting back peonies. And I’m not done! I’ve got a plant problem. πŸ™ I’m good with “the last day”. πŸ™‚

    • Joe in PA

      But in response to your comment…I agree, they have not educated themselves…they would rather stay in the dark. A FB friend (don’t judge) posts lots of anti-Trump stuff, the folks that comment on her posts are truly frightening. One even said (and I truly think she was serious): “Facebook is not political”. FFS, the stupid.

      • Treant

        I use FB to keep up with friends and family myself, but I do confess that I’ve ditched everybody who’s pro-Trump with no apologies and no explanations.

        And my annoying cousin who keeps getting fired and asking all of us to keep our eyes out for jobs. Which she’ll apply for. Maybe. After she prays on it. If it turns out to be God’s Will.

        That bitch just annoys me.

        • Danieruw

          Maybe it’s god’s will that she be chronically unemployed. Did she ever think of that? Or does god keep steering her wrong about taking jobs that god knows she’ll be fired from? Jesus take the wheel indeed…

          • Treant

            It’s certainly her holier-than-thou attitude that keeps her chronically unemployed. Coupled with incompetence and laziness, it’s kind of a trifecta.

  • Joe in PA

    The whole thing sounds really fishy. If he was buying bots, he wouldn’t buy OBVIOUSLY Russian bots. It feels sort of like a set up, but it is so lame that I can’t believe anti-Moore people would do it. Weird.

    • Tomcat

      Trump might.

      • Joe in PA

        LOL, he IS that dumb. πŸ™‚

        • Tomcat

          And he wanted the other guy.

          • Tomcat

            Setting up Moore would be right down his alley.

    • -M-

      How about, buying a bunch of obvious bot supporters so he can make a show of denying them?

      • Joe in PA

        Totally plausible. And make a big show of denying and asking Twitter to “investigate”. Oh wait, they’ve done that. Sigh.

      • RMJ

        Or if you’re into 3-dimensional chess… goading your democratic opponent into making a fuss about it, possibly creating ads that say “look at my republican opponent getting help from the russians” and then “discovering” it was someone with ties to the democratic opponent (who was paid well in advance I’m sure.) If it were me, that’s what I’d do. Seems like this type of thing happens on the regular and some low-level guy got paid off to buy a bunch of twitter bots for moore’s account but will come out at the last minute and hurt the Dem candidate. You know, like a double agent. Okay, Okay, I’m putting on my tinfoil hat now to prevent further brainwave interference from the government. :o)

        But remember, you heard it here first and I want my props if it comes to pass!

  • TrueWords

    For *years*, Russian trolls have attacked the Comments sections in EVERY Western democracy.

    This is Putin’s diabolical Lie Machine trying to warp public opinion and undermine democracy.

    • Schnackenpfefferhausen

      This is the Kremlin’s work, and would be happening with or without Putin.

  • Ish

    “Soviet” popularity? He has a time machine?

  • Bj Lincoln

    It’s just disgusting that human beings think this man should be a powerful man in our government and get all the lifetime benefits that come with it!

    • McSwagg

      He’s old. The term of those lifetime benefits could very well be fairly brief. May he die “peacefully” in his sleep sooner rather than later.

  • bkmn

    Bad parent
    Bad judge
    Bad for Alabama

    • -M-

      And bad for America.

      • Tom Furgas

        Bad for the human race.

  • Talisman

    With all the scrutiny on Russia’s dealing in the US, you would think these politicians would run as if the Russian had the plague. But, no, we’re in the dumpster, so it’s all business as usual.

  • MB
    • Cuberly Deux

      Forgot to add serial hypocrite.

  • greenmanTN

    It’s not rocket science. Russia wants to sow discord in the US (and elsewhere), Moore is a divisive figure so they β€œsupport” him.

    Sister Mary greenman explains it all to you…

    • Sam_Handwich

      ohaimary!

    • another_steve

      For that reason, Trump is/was their perfect boy. Russian intelligence understood the discord his November win was sure to result in. Plus they no doubt have the goods on the financial crimes he and his inner circle have been engaged in, in Russia and around the world. So they’re able, in effect, to blackmail them all.

      He’s their boy.

      Their dream come true.

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  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Bannon didn’t get him his last win.
    The Russian Bots aren’t going to matter either.
    His little backwards base will vote for him no matter what.

    • Paul

      We’ll see when the fake stories about Doug Jones start appearing. The deplorables won’t vote for him, but it might be enough to influence the swing voters.

  • Karl Dubhe

    So, when do our national anthems get changed?

    https://youtu.be/AOAtz8xWM0w

    • JohnJay

      The old Soviet anthem was much more emotional… and with more Lenin. They should revise it again with Putin. (note: the translator of this one clearly wasn’t too keen on some English word options).

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yDrtNEr_5M

  • Cuberly Deux

    Are they gonna purge donnie’s fake followers as well?

    Didn’t think so.

    F twitter.

    • Joe in PA

      The other day I had the iPad open to twitter, normally I use the desktop. Well apparently the “Like” count updates in real time on that platform. It was scary watching those bots “Like” the trump tweets and the count just go up and up. Ugh.

      • SoCalGal20

        I do most of my twitter on mobile and yeah, you can watch the likes and retweets as they go up.

    • Schnackenpfefferhausen

      Twitter could fix the Russian bot problem in a day, but they choose not to.

      • geoffalnutt

        They want the money.

  • JT
    • Joe in PA

      That horse looks truly frightened. πŸ™

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        He’s got WTF eyes.

    • JWC

      Moore does not have broad shoulders they are way more drooped

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        And his man tits are still too high.

  • JWC

    The probklem with a Liar is that he can never be trusted even if he wants to tell the truth How would we know?

  • Ken M

    A little pay back for not getting Trump’s support, or for winning without it.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Isn’t it obvious? Russia is supporting candidates that hurt America. Congratulations Roy!

  • Tomcat

    How long until a new unknown plague is released in the USA?

    • Tomcat

      One that only the elite have been inoculated for.

    • geoffalnutt

      Nah. Putin loves his poison gas. You can breathe out. Just don’t breathe in.

  • Lars Littlefield

    OT: According to new TSA guidelines at least nine states will require passports for domestic air travel Jan. 1, 2018. The nine states are Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington. Each of these states does not currently issue a state ID that satisfies the federal ID minimum security requirements, according to the REAL ID Act of 2005. That means these states have about 10 weeks to make changes to their state IDs or drivers licenses so that they meet federal government standards. Otherwise, you’ll need to apply for or renew a passport. Regardless, if you live in one of these states you will need a new ID once they are in compliance.

    Are we having fun yet?

    • AmeriCanadian

      I wonder how long before freedom of movement will be completely impeded. They certainly are chipping away at the constitution.

    • Joe in PA

      In particular…PA had to repeal legislation before they could even start. That part is done and DMV is expecting to get extensions until the final DHS date in 2020. PA won’t even have them available as an option until 2019. Sigh.

    • GanymedeRenard

      I’m sure they’ll manage to include Puerto Rico in that list in the not so distant future, if they’re not doing it already.

    • Langalf

      Montana finally passed a law this year to comply with the REAL ID Act. Unfortunately, if we want a compliant driver’s license before the the expiration date of the current license, we get to pony up $50. Grrr.

    • Homo Erectus

      I’m sooo friggin’ tired of winning.

  • Gene Perry

    And, yet, the GOP will continue to deny that Russia is trying to interfere with US elections.,

  • Henry Auvil

    We definitely need another vote for defunding the National Endowment for the Arts. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/31c1996450418a0f50b10bb9753ab3d5d5bfe39f395131fa7d6de87af37ea872.png

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Joe in PA

      That faux leather (pleather?) vest and ill-fitting cowboy hat are a nice touch. And that pistolette was to die for. /s

    • Paul

      Yeah but that’s not hate in their eyes. It’s good old christian ‘love’.

  • Ninja0980

    Nothing to see here folks, no siree..

  • Ken M
  • GanymedeRenard

    Alabama and Putin’s Russia – what could possibly go wrong?

  • bobbybear.i.am

    So glad I quit twitter and facebook.

    • John Ruff

      Tell me about it

  • justme

    and they are ready to vote in this election just like the last one…
    absentee ballots are on route to them

  • Halou

    “I don’t know how those got there.” Says the man whose wife found another woman’s underwear under the bed sheets.

  • DesertSun59

    Oh, they have EVERYTHING to do with it. Russians find the worst possible candidates to support here and, away they go!

  • Snarky

    “We’ve never purchased followers on Twitter,” the spokesman said, answering a question that was not asked.

  • Robin Wayne Bailey

    Russia will support and help to elect any moron seeking US office in order to dumb down the entire American government.

  • Jefe5084

    Don’t mention it, comrade. You’ll be a great senator–just like you were a judge. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7dcec331d68af2ed1c4f1836c7b6097cb84451a2909291709c3824a353183675.jpg

  • D. J.

    I wonder if he has surrendered his brown passport?

  • I love dim sum

    More Neo McCarthyist red baiting nonsense that sounds like it came straight from the mouth of Alex Jones. The Russia narrative is a ruse the DNC came up with to distract from the fact they are essentially just as right wing as the Republicans, which is why they lost.

    I find it utterly hilarious that $100K (an absolutely insignificant amount of ad money) in ads on Facebook can wreck Clinton’s campaign, which spent $1.3 Billion dollars. If that’s the case, it shows how utterly incompetent Hillary was, and is.

    • John Ruff

      FUCK you, troll.

  • amati1684

    I cannot imagine what the Russians would make of Roy Moore. I’m sure they don’t have a slot for a nutcase like that. But, as he’s a troublemaker without equal, I’m sure he has caught their attention.

  • JCF
  • kladinvt

    Hopefully, Mueller is also investigating Bannon’s connections to Russia/Putin.