[Editor’s note: Newsweek has retracted this story. As such I’m demoting it from the front page. — Charley]
Information is starting to come out that a coordinated alt-right-wing plot was carried out last year to bring down Al Franken.
According to Newsweek magazine, it turns out an army of white supremacist bots was launched to take down Franken from websites in Japan that were reportedly created a day before Leeann Tweeden went public with her initial accusation that Franken had groped her in 2006.
Also on the day before Tweeden went public, you may recall, one-time Trump advisor Roger Stone predicted that it was soon going to be “Al Franken’s time in the barrell.” Within two days of Tweeden’s public accusation, the effort to bring down Franken had become “a Russian intelligence operation,” according to Newsweek’s account of research done by a tracker of Russian social media called The Alliance for Securing Democracy.
As I stated in a post last year in which I suggested that Roger Stone’s involvement in the takedown of Franken was being overlooked, I wasn’t trying to excuse Franken’s admittedly inappropriate behavior before he became a U.S. senator. That doesn’t mean, however, that it doesn’t matter who went after him or how they did it.
There are many even on the left who have dismissed the circumstances surrounding the Franken takedown because, they maintain, the right result was obtained, I would argue that is the same argument put forth by Donald Trump and his allies to dismiss the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 as part of the Russian interference in the overall election.
Even some Bernie Sanders supporters went along with the argument that it somehow didn’t matter that the Russians had hacked the DNC computers because they supposedly came up with information that the Democratic primary process was rigged for Hillary Clinton.
But of course it does matter where all this information came from and who was behind it. That’s why Robert Mueller is investigating Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians.
There’s more and more smoke here every day; and the information about the effort to get Franken has revealed even more smoke, providing further verification that there’s quite a fire burning underneath.