As unpredictable as the Trump era has often been, there is one truth we can trust: somewhere in the Twitter accounts @realDonaldTrump, there is an old tweet that perfectly matches the latest news.
On Friday, the Ministry of Justice announced allegations against the Russian company Internet Research Agency and 13 Russian individuals and accused them of conspiring to interfere in the 2016 presidential election to attack Hillary Clinton and push Trump through the United Nations’ social networks, United States halves. UU and online ads. And here is a tweet dated September 22, 2017, which means that the attention to “advertising on Facebook” was part of the “Russian delusion”:
Obviously, Trump spent a lot of time speculating on the investigation of Russian election interventions and called it “False News.” But, in general, it has limited its denial to the idea that there is a conscious “collusion” between Russia and the Trump campaign. The accusation on Friday does not contradict that; It is said time and again that any contact between the Trump agents and the Russians mentioned in the indictment is “unknowable.”
But the September tweet is different.
On September 15, 2017, it was announced that Facebook had sent announcements purchased by Russian companies during the 2016 campaign to Special Advisor Robert Mueller. On September 21, after Congress investigators asked Facebook for the announcements, Facebook also sent them to Congress. And in the early hours of September 22, Trump denigrated the measure and called it part of Russia’s “deception,” Trump’s shorthand for “Russia’s collusive narrative (what) is a hoax.”
In fact, the indictment makes it clear that “Facebook advertising,” which Trump referred to in September, was not part of a “deep state” fraud that gave the impression that Russia was involved in the elections. In fact, they were part of a deception committed by Russia to mix with the elections.
The indictment alleges that the Internet Research Agency bought Facebook ads for fraudulent social media accounts in or around 2015. But it identifies several specific occasions when Facebook ads were purchased to help Trump in the general election, either through Hillary Clinton:
Or organizing pro-Trump rallies in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida:
President Trump has not, as of this writing, tweeted about the indictments. He doesn’t have to. His September 2017 tweet already says everything it needs to about his heedless insistence not just that there was no deliberate collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, but that there was no Russian meddling in the election at all.