Russian Troll Factory Made Fake Hillary Sex Tape

According to a worker at a Kremlin-backed troll factory, last year they put together a fake sex tape starring a black man and a Hillary lookalike. The tape was apparently never posted because the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it.

The Daily Beast reports:

Alan Baskaev worked for the troll factory, also known as the Internet Research Agency, for about six months, he told the independent Russian television channel TV Rain. And his account of the night shift at the troll factory’s American division sheds even more light on the inner workings of the Russian-sponsored effort to influence U.S. elections.

Once, Baskaev recalled, Russian propaganda-makers thought they hit the “sensation” jackpot with a fake video of a black man and a woman who looked like Hillary Clinton having sex. “Do you understand… no one will believe that,” Baskaev said.

Another time, he recalled, “our idiots” made a video that supposedly featured an African-American soldier shooting a Quran. But, Baskaev laughs, the man turned out to have an African accent. (Comments on the YouTube page for that video are in Russian, mocking the failed piece of propaganda.)

  • Todd20036

    The significance of this is the fact that when we claim the GOP cheated to win, that isn’t fake news

    • Bad Tom

      The GOP cheated to win, and they had a hostile nation’s help.
      That is called treason.

  • Lazycrockett

    Look I love Hillary, but eww.

    • GayOldLady

      Nope, nope, nope! Not all of us feel that way. 🙂 I know the idea of old people having sex is repulsive to a lot of young and middle aged people, but not to us OLD PEOPLE!

      • Lazycrockett

        Elders have sex is fine, I just don’t want to see it.

        • GayOldLady

          Good, we don’t want you too. 🙂

        • cleos_mom

          Not into showing off for children. [ducks]

      • David Walker

        Old quote: Just because there’s snow on the roof doesn’t mean there’s no fire in the furnace.

        • GayOldLady

          You got that right! The outside of me may have changed, but in my heart I’m still the same woman I was at 35. That’s what young people don’t understand, YET! But they will soon enough.

      • yes b’y

        all fun and games until someone breaks a hip

      • cleos_mom

        The idea of old people staying alive is repulsive to a lot of young and middle aged people.

        They change their minds if they live long enough.

  • Reality.Bites

    I think they greatly underestimated the stupidity of the craziest far-right Americans.

    • Goodboy

      Please. This is same crowd that believed she was running a child sex ring out of Pizza shop (Pizzagate).

    • David Walker

      I read your comment and this immediately came to mind. Think he and Bessie and the wife voted for the fucking moron?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EisXJSsULGM

  • The_Wretched

    Ugh, while the alt-right would go bonkers were it true, It’s up to her and Bill how they order their marriage. Not everyone else. I said the same about M*nica back in the day.

  • Boreal

    Russian Troll Factory would never have been something I imagined in our lexicon a few years ago.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Just wait and see what you will be experiencing 5 years from now

      • Boreal

        Scares the fuck out of me.

    • Bunter

      I first read about the Russian troll factory in the context of the Dutch airplane that was shot down over the Ukraine a while ago. I dug a little deeper and felt like I had dropped down a rabbit hole. Then things started to happen– :/

  • Tatonka

    Think he’d do one with Obama and a bearish middle aged white guy?

    • JAKvirginia

      Who did you have in mind?

    • kaydenpat

      Are you looking for a job? Lol.

    • Gerry Fisher

      wuf!

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    Tragically, they would have believed it. Or at least would have declared it suspicious. The desperate attacks against the popular vote winner were never enough for Trump’s blood thirsty base.

  • Darrel Cj

    That says something about the right wingers in both countries that the trolls thought that having a black man in both videos would make it especially salacious/offensive.

    • kaydenpat

      Exactly. Why specifically a Black man? Why wouldn’t it be a scandal for her to be having an affair with a White man, for example?

      • The_Wretched

        Given the extreme racism of the right, black men are especially bad. Ever more so since one of the tropes is that they are hyper-sexual animals. So it’s not just an affair but an affair with a beast.

        • David Walker

          Really. I mean, where’s Mandingo when you really need him?

      • Misutaa Roboto

        Propaganda doesn’t have to be reasonable to be effective. It’s about pushing the right emotional buttons.

    • Gerry Fisher

      After the events of the past two years, I think they were right in terms of how it would play to many Americans. I knew there was racism in American. On the other hand, I didn’t *really* know.

    • Bunter

      The Russians I have met during the last years have all been incredibly racist, even if they were themselves part of minorities, i.e. gay or Jewish, and generally not right-wing etc. The racism was directed mainly against Black people. I have no idea where that comes from, but the Russian support of fascism is not suprising to me.

  • another_steve

    I usually give any sex tape a looksie.

    What’s to lose, after all.

  • stevenj
    • Boreal
      • kaydenpat

        Why didn’t he back Hillary then? I’m pissed at this alien!!

        • David Walker

          Alien misogyny? Female aliens are not captains of the space ships, you know. I mean, that’s just a fact. You can’t have any opinions about facts. Right? Right, Kelly Anne?

          • jerry

            “And those captains are white…everyone knows this, they just are.” –Megyn Kelly

          • Chicago joe

            Speaking of that white-washed bitch, why is she still on tv? I saw a hotel worker run to change the channel at 9 when it came on.

          • jerry

            Though she got a contract, I imagine NBC won’t have her on much longer with those basement ratings.

          • kaydenpat

            There’s sexism among aliens? Dang it!! Women can’t catch a break anywhere!!!

    • GayOldLady

      There has never been a politician who has endured the slimy and filthy accusations that Hillary has stood up against. They’ve accused her of everything from pedophilia, to cannibalism, to thievery, to murder and still SHE PERSISTED.

      • cleos_mom

        And was, and still is, vilified for it. You don’t have to look any further than some of the comments here over the past few years.

    • kaydenpat

      Lol!!!

      • David Walker

        The few times I hoped the checkout line would be slow was when a new Weekly World News hit the stand. Even then, I suspect many people never caught on that it was a humor magazine.

  • bambinoitaliano

    They voted dotard so everything else is above the baseline in terms of believability.

  • Jmdintpa

    This is why white christian america looks to russia as a beacon of hope now. They hate black people as much as the evangelicals do. Its clear to see.

    • kaydenpat

      And the Russian government hates gays as much as our Evangelicals.

      • David Walker

        Truly a match made in hell.

  • MikeBx2

    There are people who I knew to be conservative, but I thought were reasonable, who shared on Facebook the story of the pizza restaurant child abuse ring. I will never, ever again underestimate the stupidity of right-wing Americans, no matter how well I think I know them.

    • Boreal

      I know a few as well. I asked them how the ring could operate in the basement of a building with no basement and it never occurred to them to think about that.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Just like the basement at the Alamo.

        • kelven
          • Lars Littlefield

            LOL! In 1993 on July 4th I was stuck in San Antonio all by myself with nothing to do. I walked along the river walk, had a bad lunch, and decided to visit the Alamo. Crossed the street at the end of the river walk to the Alamo and they wanted me to pay money to get it. I told them I had no money. I was broke and had to wait 7 hours for a bus to Nuevo Loredo (all of it a lie). The Texas guide gal at the entrance took pity and let me in. (No way would I ever pay anything, even Monopoly money, to get into the Alamo). I wandered around poking at stuff. Got into the building’s museum on the end of a small tour and listened to the the guide’s Texas Hill Country accent as she dramatically told the story of why the Alamo is something we should all remember. I was respectful. Before leaving the museum she asked if anyone had any questions. Of course, I had to ask if there was a basement. She was ready for me. She had us gather around a square in the wood floor and then she lifted it open for us. Turns out there isn’t a basement, per se, but there IS a root cellar. I left humbled and amused.

          • trog

            LUV that scene and just quoted it yesterday.

            {RIP Jan Hooks💔}

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        That’s what THEY want you to think. 😉

      • Chicago joe

        They filled the basement in when things got too public. Erased public records for building blueprints and use mind control through gay dance club music and black mass chants on the third Tuesday in a month whose dates add up to 666.

        • Boreal

          Sounds as plausible as anything else they’ve claimed.

    • kareemachan

      I think of all the people who suddenly declared Russia to be our BFF and have to jeer at them for being *that* gullible. Of course, maybe most of them were Russian trollettes to begin with….

    • whollyfool

      Wow, that’s scary. 🙁

      • Galvestonian

        It’s beyond scary because it’s TRUE !

    • kaydenpat

      Once the Clintons are implicated, Rightwing brains completely shut down. No different than Rightwingers who claim that Michelle Obama is a dude and the daughters were adopted (or kidnapped). Truly bizarre thinking.

    • That bubble has gotten increasingly deranged for 30 years now. That’s why I was so livid at liberal-bubble types at the NYTimes who told us earlier this year that we should be nicer to and listen to the Trump voters. I’ve been listening to those nutjobs for decades now at events like Thanksgiving and if I dare rebut any of their Hannity or Limbaugh talking points my mom yells at me later for causing trouble. They’ve been like this for a long time now and it’s only the out of touch media types who didn’t know about it.

      • When Obama won in 2008, those same pundits said that the liberals should be gracious with their win and listen to the concerns of those across their aisle. When Trump won in 2016, they said that liberals should try to understand the concerns of the right since after all they won. Never once have I heard these alleged liberal media types suggest that conservatives should reach out and listen to liberals. 😡

      • wds

        I actually think most of them know about it (except maybe Maggie at NYT). But, if they were to admit it, they’d have to start admitting the times they were wrong or didn’t tell the truth. Quelle Horreur! They might have to really start dealing with facts …

        • The NY Times is still the same paper that published Judith Miller’s WMD propaganda lies. They also published a lot of anti-Hillary propaganda over the years. They bend over backwards to placate the right and what has it gotten them? It’s one thing to play fair. I often call out liberals when they post things that turn out not to be true. We should care about that. But we don’t have to be doormats for right wing nutjobs. There’s no win in that and a lot to lose.

          • wds

            The NYT has had a vendetta against all things Clinton for over 20 years among other ones – What’s sad about it all, they will do great reporting/journalism on something and the next issues are basically trash … SMH
            And remember, the NYT has been pushing the nonsense that we need to “listen” to the RWNJ’s … thanks, but no thanks …

          • That’s why I greatly prefer the Washington Post.

    • TrueWords
      • JCF

        Dunning-Kroger Effect.

    • jonfromcalifornia

      What else do you expect of people who also deny that the Las Vegas shooting or the Sandy Hook shooting took place? They are BEYOND crazy or stupid. But they VOTE which is more than I can say of Democrats.

  • Refugay

    Time to re-read Othello.

  • neonzx

    LOL. Wasn’t this tape already done by MadTV 10 years ago?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIZAo1LfIMI

  • Bad Tom

    The Russians openly admit to their propaganda campaign to influence our election.
    We should believe them.
    ——-
    Why would they stop after such a stunning success? Would you?

    • Bad Tom

      The fact that they made some clunkers might make them seem foolish now.

      But the fact that they acknowledge these were mistakes, and are learning from them, means they will make fewer of them next election.

      We won’t be laughing so much, then

      • Misutaa Roboto

        And despite the mistakes they made, they still won!

    • Bunter

      They didn’t stop at all. They have their fingers in a lot what goes wrong in the EU at the moment.

  • DesertSun59

    Oh, they’d believe it. They believe ANYTHING. They believe there are chem trails. They believe bin Laden is alive. They believe 45 is the most important POTUS in history. Etc.

  • boobert

    Of course they’d believe it . The fox news crowd posts stuff like that all the time.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    Is it too soon to say I wouldnt mind watching a sex scene with Alan Baskaev in it??

    • Treant

      You and me both.

    • Todd20036

      He’s not bad looking (don’t really know what his body looks like), but I prefer people who didn’t betray my country.

      It’s why I won’t knowingly fuck republicans

  • bobbybear.i.am

    Oh look. Just in time to cast doubt on 45’s piss tape. It must be just hours away from being released.

    • danolgb

      I was just about to say the same thing.

    • Treant

      The Friday afternoon piss/dump.

      So to speak.

      • Lizard

        Dammit, you beat me to it.

      • Robincho

        As it were…

    • The_Wretched

      I wish. And the rest of the salacious kompromat.

  • Boreal
    • jerry

      I keep reminding asshole Democrats, who just couldn’t bring themselves to vote for “Crooked Hillary”, that yes, she must be the biggest criminal mastermind of the last century, considering that every moment of her adult life has been investigated by Congress and GOP witch-hunt committees, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $150 million, and they’ve yet to actually find anything incriminating.

      • Boreal

        I just had that conversation again yesterday. When you ask what crime she has been found guilty of committing, you get nonsense like “she can be bought.” To which I reply which investigation bears out that claim?

      • Jmdintpa

        they claim such high standards that they just couldnt vote clinton…. as they sucked the latest craigs list dick of some guy that they dont even know. and not anything wrong with that but dont claim such high standards honey in the meantime

      • Lars Littlefield

        Well, yeah. She’s THAT good.

        • David Walker

          A woman with brains and not afraid to use them. Run! Run away!

          • cleos_mom

            Fear of a woman with brains who’s not afraid to use them is a truly bipartisan phenomenon.

  • greenmanTN

    Jeez. Was this a Troll Factory or a Troll Sheltered Workshop?

    (Either way, our far right nutballs would have fallen for it.)

  • Miji

    I think this proves they had American help in targeting because they clearly don’t understand how gullible American conservatives are. I remember reading an interview with a less politically motivated American who generated fake news stories aimed at generating hits for advertising dollars. They tried pushing fake stories targeting liberal audiences, but they never took off because people would poke holes in them too quickly. Not so on the right. They would believe anything.

    • The_Wretched

      We know they had help from Cambridge Analytica, a ‘data analytics’ firm. Trump’s pet billionaire backer MERCER owns it. Up until today, the trumpettes bragged about their ties. Now it’s ‘i have no idea how 5.9million in campaign funds got there’.

  • TK

    “the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it.”

    Are these the same far-right Americans who think Hillary ran a pedophile sex ring from a DC pizza parlor?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85099841edbaa9aadf9575543167121140c07fec3c38f7ad226f50f7997a5301.gif

  • Nic Peterson

    The base would have eaten that up with a spoon, asked for seconds and not cared a whit. They have nothing but their beliefs and while those beliefs don’t put dinner on the table they will be the last thing the base will abandon.

    • Lazycrockett

      They would have gotten this confused with those lesbian rumors and then got a headache when they thought bout her partner being a black man. So much to shift through.

  • Halou

    What does the Fox say?
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/fwrVT-oub08/hqdefault.jpg

    Sorry not sorry.

    • jerry

      “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!”
      “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!”
      “Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!” and
      “Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoff!”

      (according to the published lyrics) But if I ever watch that channel, all I ever hear is the third line of “Hatee-hatee-hatee”.

      • Halou

        I would actually watch it if Hannity had a mental breakdown and did that.

    • greenmanTN

      Hannity should have those “Chh chh chh, huh huh huh” sound effects from the Friday The 13th movies.

  • Barry William Teske

    The core belief of trolls, I understand, revolves around revenge.
    Gosh help the bridge overlords once the pink slips roll in.
    Oh never mind…
    They did do this to themselves.

  • Jay George

    OT: Fearing a Moore loss, state republicans are spreading fear about party cross-over votes in Alabama
    https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22815199_1499406466817171_5426312078097153946_n.jpg?oh=658479eea9b563cad545a39228356a3e&oe=5AABB191

  • Halou

    What were the actors doing?
    This is important stuff, because as we all know it only matters if it was oral sex. Mere touching of genitals is, if not a good thing then certainly a mundane one not worthy of a mention.

  • alc2018

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/52248ee23a9a140e49abd6ad32b1d52cbab8efa5e971aec4b6f091fc04abb463.jpg truth be told my schlong is this big and sex is sorta let down ‘cuz nobdy can take me

    • Natty Enquirer

      Whoa-ho-ho-ho!

  • shivadog

    “the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it” They really overestimate the intelligence of far-right Americans.

  • Publius

    Love Hillary. Greatest woman ever. So intelligent. So able. My best friend ever. We braid each others’ hair…

    …but literally nobody in the world needs to visualize a Hillary Clinton sex tape.

    • The_Wretched

      Well, I do. Come on, it’d be hot. We’ll have a party with a endless loop of politicians caught on film.

    • GanymedeRenard

      Well, TBH, I’d like to see a video of her and Bill having sex. Especially the part that Monica Lewinsky was famous/infamous to fellate. Just sayin’.

  • tbj5

    This seems like an obvious attempt to get ahead of any of the Trump sex tapes before they get revealed. This way, they can claim the Kremlin faked the tapes, just like they tried with Hillary.

  • The Milkman

    The stupidity and gullibility of half of the American public, and their inability to employ even the most rudimentary critical thinking skills, is the rot from within that will eventually be our country’s undoing.

    • Uncle Mark

      It doesn’t help that for YEARS they’ve been able to pick and choose where they get their news…without understanding how to differentiate between valid news sources, corroborated information, and propaganda. Unlike Canada, we have nothing in place to prevent propaganda outlets from muddying the waters. This is why the shitgibbon is compelled to dismiss valid news sources at every opportunity to undermine the truth.

  • kaydenpat

    Russia was definitely invested in Trump’s presidency. The only question is why.

    • GanymedeRenard

      I think it’s because they know Trump is a highly divisive figure, and they want division in the Western world so they can rise as a super power again. They want hegemony.

      • boatboy_srq

        Didn’t they get enough of that with Farage?

        • GanymedeRenard

          It’s never enough with an imperialistic mentality. Putin probably sees himself as a new czar of a nascent Russian empire. He also financed Marine Le Pen’s campaign in France.

      • Bunter

        I agree, Putin has his fingers in a lot of stuff that threatens the EU, like the Greek crisis, Polish and Hungarian nationalism, military threats to the Swedish, Finnish and Danish borders, Front National, Brexit, the Ukraine conflict. Some say he is involved in the Catalan movenment as well.
        Putin was a KGB official in east Berlin, and he remembers the time when the USSR ruled parts of Europe. I doubt he is prepared to give up on that.

        • GanymedeRenard

          You’re 100% correct.

    • Boreal

      He owes big rubles to Russia’s oligarchs.

    • PickyPoussin

      The oligarchs need their money laundered regularly.

      • stevenj

        Bingo!

    • The_Wretched

      Russian interest is fully explained by a desire to weaken the expected Hillary presidency. They didn’t quite expect they’d get their puppet.

      • boatboy_srq

        One more reason to fear a Pence pResidency more than tRump. Pence would achieve the Kremlin’s intent with less likelihood of sideswiping Russian interests in the process.

        • The_Wretched

          The current situation is untenable. I’m far from convinced Pence would ascend or that he’d be worse. To some degree, it’s a bit like would you rather be shot or poisoned. OTOH, removing Trump has big costs for the republicans so Pence would have to be a ton worse than Trump to not make that cost worth it.

          • boatboy_srq

            tRump has costs for Repubs only in that the WWC is tired of dogwhistle. Pence would satisfy all the Buybull-Thimpers with bans on abortions and rolling back Teh Ghey, and all the Establishment with tax cuts a d deregulation. His worst threat from his own side is the Freedumb Chorus and wingnuts like Moore and Cruz who will never be happy. He wouldn’t have to be especially good as you indicate.

            To get to “tolerable” in the succession we have to go all the way down to Hatch, and he’s no prize.

    • Rillion

      They want to sow chaos in the “Democratic” west. That way they can tell their people how bad democracy is and that they are much better off under Putin’s dictatorship. They used to try to say how bad capitalism was, but now that they are no longer a communist government they have replaced the capitalist boogie man with the democracy boogie man to help control their sheeple.

    • Galvestonian

      No question – they want to bring the country down – what do you think is going to happen to the stock market when these clowns in Washington won’t be able to get their tax plan passed ??? October, 1929 is gonna look like Christmas and the market is gonna fall so damn far that you’re gonna have to look up to see down. The country is going to hell in a pisspot.

  • Uncle Mark

    My initial thought was that this would NEVER be believed, especially since the RWNJs prefer to believe that Hillary was either a closeted lesbian or a frigid harridan. However, I am reminded that those same RWNJs liked to believe that Obama was both a ruthless, corrupted tyrant and feckless leader in mom jeans. They will happily jettison their critical thinking skills in favor of any evil story (no matter how implausible) about their enemies

    • David Walker

      I had SO hoped that someone “believable” would start a rumor that the twig and Condoleeza Rice were having an affair. I guess we hadn’t devolved to that level of stupidity. If it were true that the fucking moron and Omarosa (or whatever her name is), no one would believe it. 45 may have given his daughter to a Jew, but he’d never have an affair with a black woman.

      • boatboy_srq

        He would certainly never ADMIT to such an affair. “Please. The HELP?!? I’m gonna be sick.”

  • GanymedeRenard

    And what exactly were trying to demonstrate? Was Hillary supposed to be seen before of after her marriage?

    • David Walker

      Last Friday, probably.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Ha!

    • Dazzer

      It was a week last Tuesday. It’s the real story of how she broke her toe in the UK.

  • SoCalGal20

    There are people who believe she and John Podesta ran (run?) a pedo ring out of a pizza joint in DC. There are people crazy/stupid enough to believe the fake sex tape.

  • Rillion

    They should have used a Michelle Obama and Hillary lookalikes. The right wing loonies would have eaten that up.

    • lattebud

      Pun intended there??

  • GeneInSJ

    Our right-wing nuts absolutely would believe it. They can be made to believe almost anything. They believed she was running a child prostitution ring out of a PIZZA PARLOR, for God sakes!!!

    • Ben in Oakland

      People who know anything about know it was really a tacqueria.

    • boatboy_srq

      Which site, incidentally, has no basement, even though said ring was operating out if it.

  • SoCalGal20
  • bkmn

    And you know that Putin has his own private copy.

  • Friday

    So, basically Russia has no national honor left whatsoever. Buncha lying scumbags over there.

    • KarenAtFOH

      About the same as our GOP and RWNJs.

    • Misutaa Roboto

      I kind of have to wonder when Russia did have any national honor.

    • Bunter

      These are normal KGB propaganda methods. Read a little about Russian history. And remember that Putin was a high raking KGB official during the USSR.

  • TexasBoy

    “…because the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it.”

    Sadly, I think they over-estimated the far right.

    • LeeCMH

      And that is very hard to do.

  • LeeCMH

    I guess the Ruskies looking academically at American culture could come up with, “oh look, Hillary with a black man.”

    Hell, in the American South that sort of attack goes back at least to Thomas Jefferson.

    Very trite.

  • boatboy_srq

    Perhaps we should be glad they overestimated the Ahmurrrrkkkan electorate.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    What next. A Turtle tape?

  • Gerry Fisher

    It’s all fun and games. [sigh]

  • Blackfork

    So they overestimated the craziest far right Americans.

  • trog

    Is it wrong to think the Russian Troll is HAWT? He can lie to me any day.

    • KnownDonorDad

      I think Laura Ingraham is hot, so I can’t judge.

    • Ann Kah

      He probably already has.

  • Charles Nelson

    The Kremlin saved some money…Trump’s Russian sex tape didn’t have to be faked.

  • KnownDonorDad

    The tape was apparently never posted because the trolls decided that even the craziest far-right Americans wouldn’t believe it.

    And they call themselves trolls…did they not pay attention to “Pizzagate”?

  • ultragreen

    Even the Russians underestimate how crazy right-wing Americans are. They would easily belief any sex tape involving a Hillary Clinton look-alike, no matter how stupid or false.

  • Itsatarp

    True, even crazy right wingers might not fall for such a tape. However, if it showed a Hillary look-alike having sex with an Oprah look-alike…..

  • JCF

    JMGers: no hate-fucking this guy (I know you too well) UNLESS it’s into a prison cell.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/IKpQSl8ts3MYM/giphy.gif

  • Ginger Snap

    And of course the used a black man in their video because it brings in the racism of the right which in their minds makes it even worse.