Anybody who tweets out against real estate mogul Donald Trump immediately get buzzed by hordes of vicious pro-Trump Twitter accounts, and it turns out many of those accounts appear to not be real people, but rather part of a coordinated campaign.
The speculation about the phoniness of the Trump Twitter army began with a post by Erick Erickson in The Resurgent, and he bases his conjecture on three main points:
-There are professional Internet trolls who have the specific purpose of inciting chaos in the U.S. through social media, such as spreading a hoax Ebola case in Atlanta as well as a hoax story of cops shooting an unarmed black woman. Most of them were shut down, but the ones that are still active are supporting Trump.
-Numerous reports suggest that Trump bought crowd members for his campaign launch in June.
-An organization called Crowds on Demand has protesters for sale to appear at various events and harass people on social media.
Erickson then relayed his own personal anecdotes involving what was likely Trump spam bots:
Last Tuesday night, my radio show saw a wave of callers calling in to complain about what I was saying that very night on radio.The callers assured my call screener they were listening. The calls were coming from area codes all over the nation and they were very angry about what I had just said on the radio that very night about Trump.
I was on vacation. The guest host had been talking about local matters and had not even mentioned Trump. Hello, seminar callers. Likewise, many of the calls to my radio station demanding I be fired or disciplined for insulting Trump have come from people making statements about my radio show that clearly indicate they have not listened to the show or the station.
Similarly, whenever I get a wave of emails attacking me for things about Trump, frequently the same IP address pops up. On Twitter, the waves come from people with rarely used or new Twitter accounts that are suddenly all in for Trump — every tweet an attack against someone or Trump propaganda. More often than not, the accounts have pictures of someone other than the the person tweeting and most do not use real names.
Certainly it could be people with low social connectedness, as Michael Barone has noted, but it sure seems odd to suddenly get a a wave of #whitegenocide tweets from accounts that are just suddenly active and all in to attack people who oppose Trump.
Bots are the worse. It’s a dirty, and really a sad way to prop yourself up. But hey, why would we be surprised. It goes hand in hand with Trumps low ball tactics he’s been playing his whole life.