A couple of days ago, leading Trump-Russia news blog Palmer Report ran a story suggesting that Donald Trump’s new choice of attorney in the Trump-Russia investigation, will be Fox News guest Joe diGenova.
The theory, according to Palmer Report is that diGenova will push the line that Trump has been “framed by everyone from the FBI to the Department of Justice to Hillary Clinton.”
However, following the revelations of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach scandal and the willingness of Cambridge Analytica’s CEO to spill the beans on some of the company’s dirtiest campaign tricks to undercover reporters from the UK’s Channel 4 news, it sure looks like Donald Trump will now be saying he was an unwitting patsy for Cambridge Analytica’s political campaign experiments.
Here’s what CA CEO, Alexander Nix, told reporters regarding the awareness of political candidates who had retained the companies services as to exactly what it is they get up to on their clients’ behalf:
“He went on to describe how political candidates are manipulated.”
“They don’t understand because the candidate never, is never involved. He’s told what to do by the campaign team.” The reporter asks if that means the candidate is just a puppet, and Nix replies simply: “Always.”
So now we have the prospect of Trump not only claiming he’s been framed by every entity that is investigating and protesting his presidency but also being able to claim that he was framed by his own people in order to win the election itself.
How much plausible deniability Trump can work into his defence from the Cambridge Analytica revelations remains to be seen but if the candidate is “always just a puppet,” it does lead one to ask just who the puppet master might be, and why back in 2014 Cambridge Analytica were briefing a Russian oil company, according to a further report in The Guardian:
“Energy firm Lukoil, which is now on the US sanctions list and has been used as a vehicle of government influence, saw a presentation on the firm’s work in 2014. It began with a focus on voter suppression in Nigeria, and Cambridge Analytica also discussed “micro-targeting” individuals on social media during elections.”
Quite what a Russian oil company needs to be doing with information about “voter suppression” and “micro-targeting” individuals on social media during elections, we can only currently surmise. However, it may be of value to note that around 2014, many of the conspiracy forums on social media platforms, especially “Chemtrail” Groups and “9/11 Truth” forums became flooded by pro-Brexit propaganda and anti-immigrant right-wing memes which slowly fed their way out into the mainstream before gaining critical mass in the run-up to the Brexit vote and again for the 2016 U.S. election.
It can be noted over the same time period that readers’ comments sections of many of the main international and domestic news organs, such as the Daily Mail and Guardian, and even housewives and mothers favourite go-to website in the UK Mumsnet, to name but a few, were besieged by right-wing shitposters, with a fairly poor command of the English language.
So why might that have happened, you may be asking yourself?
Was this sudden swing in the West to embrace right-wing populism which appeared to have murky roots in many conspiracy movements not as organic as it perhaps first appeared to some?
Was there a hidden hand helping guide the Brexit and Trump social media narratives and campaigns that still hasn’t quite fully shown itself?
All we can say is don’t ask Donald Trump, as it looks like his next move will be to say that he was framed by his own side in order to win the presidency. Which if it is the case would mean he couldn’t say he was such a “great candidate,” after all.
Just a great puppet.
Be seeing you!