Hey, Democrats: Those hateful “Hillbots” and “Bernie Bros” may actually be Donald Trump supporters.
While Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s supporters are busy trashing each other online, the Republican Party’s having a big belly laugh at the Democrats’ expense. Those totally nasty and unreasonable “Hillbots” and “Bernie Bros” we lefties keep getting into fights with online — and who always seem to sound more like right-wingers than like our fellow liberals– may not be real Sanders and Clinton supporters at all
As it turns out, those of us who spend time on social media like Facebook, Twitter, and online comment threads are getting played by right-wing trolls and Donald Trump supporters hell bent on exploiting divisions on the left in order to give their candidate a better shot at the White House.
Never mind the fact that the Republican Party is even more divided than the Democratic Party, or that Donald Trump has not yet officially received the GOP nomination. These Trumpkins want to make sure Hillary Clinton, the likely DNC victorix, goes into the general election as battered, bruised and bloodied as they can make her.
As Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks explains in a nutshell:
Donald Trump supporters on 4Chan are plotting to disrupt the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The plan is to create sock puppet accounts so it appears that supporters of the Democratic candidates are viciously attacking each other.
Raw Story reports a Donald Trump supporter posted a message on 4Chan — the online equivalent of a shady black market held in a dark alley — urging like-minded folks to “troll Bernie and Hillary supporters systematically” by impersonating them and getting them to fight among themselves.
Let’s troll Bernie and Hillary supporters systematically.
We need to take advantage of this. This is Trump’s gift. If we’re serious about a Trump presidency we need to start infiltrating their conversations in order to sow more division. I’m talking systematic and long-term/mischief/, not just a few minutes trolling dumbass SJWs. Look at the chaos and damage I was able to make yesterday, just one person, with no real rudeness in my replies. Imagine that write large: My account is @realJohnMiller.
The helpful folks at Raw Story kindly point out that SJWs means “social justice warriors.” And sure enough, the Twitter account for @RealJohnMiller, an allusion to Donald Trump’s fake publicist, crows loudly and triumphantly over what he sees as the Democratic Party’s impending demise.
Here’s the first 4Chan post from “@RealJohnMiller” where he urges his fellow Donald Trump supporters to become agent provocateurs among Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ supporters:
And here’s where these folks join together to gin up a bunch of fake — and often lame — hashtags like “#BernieBroSlanders” and “#BloodOnHillarysHands” to get their troll on.
Watch: TYT’s Cenk Uygur explains how right-wingers pretend to be Hillary Clinton’s and Bernie Sanders’ supporters.
Featured image/Composite: Video screengrabs via MSNBC and 4Chan with Trump supporters troll background added.