No good answers.
Hillary Clinton notoriously ignored key purple and light blue states which ended up making a difference in the 2016 election
Trump vigorously campaigned everywhere, including those states where a win wasn’t likely, right up to the last minute, while Hillary prepared her victory fireworks in New York City.
Guess who else knew to target such purple states? The Russian internet trolls who recently were indicted.
While Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein made clear their efforts didn’t affect the result of the election, at least the Russian trolls were minimally competent in U.S. politics, unlike Team Hillary.
From the Indictment:
31. In order to collect additional intelligence, Defendants and their co-conspirators posed as U.S. persons and contacted U.S. political and social activists. For example, starting in or around June 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators, posing online as U.S. persons, communicated with a real U.S. person affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization. During the exchange, Defendants and their co-conspirators learned from the real U.S. person that they should focus their activities on “purple states like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.” After that exchange, Defendants and their co-conspirators commonly referred to targeting “purple states” in directing their efforts.
John Podesta, Hillary’s campaign Chair, appeared on CBS News Sunday, and was asked a brutal question.
Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller reports on the dialog (emphasis added):
“How is it that these Russian operatives knew to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin and your campaign didn’t?” Nancy Cordes, the host of “Face the Nation,” asked Podesta.
“Of course we spent a lot of time and energy and effort in all those states,” Podesta insisted.
“Hillary Clinton did not spend much time,” Cordes interjected.
“We had [Vice Presidential nominee] Tim Kaine was there, Barack Obama, and she spent enormous time in Pennsylvania and Michigan,” said Podesta.
“We spent a lot of effort, we had staff in Wisconsin that even President Obama had in 2012.”
The totality of the expenditures by the Russians for the efforts in the indictment was a few million dollars.
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