Russiagate 2.0: Biden Flop Edition
Question: How do you know that the Biden campaign is in trouble?
Answer: when you see headlines like this.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are assessing whether Russia is trying to undermine Joe Biden in its ongoing disinformation efforts with the former vice president still the front-runner in the race to challenge President Donald Trump, according to two officials familiar with the matter.
The probe comes as senior U.S. officials are warning that Russia’s election interference in 2020 could be more brazen than in the 2016 presidential race or the 2018 midterm election.
Part of the inquiry is to determine whether Russia is trying to weaken Biden by promoting controversy over his past involvement in U.S. policy toward Ukraine while his son worked for an energy company there.
Allow me to translate:
Random U.S. intelligence, law enforcement, and senior U.S. officials, none of whom seem to have any names or titles, are warning that Russia could be meddling in our elections by spreading 100% true "disinformation" designed to hurt a bought-and-paid-for establishment candidate who is running a laughably awful campaign.
A Kremlin strategy to undermine Biden would echo its work in 2016, when American intelligence agencies found that Russia carried out a sophisticated operation to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Trump, according to the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive matter.
This "sophisticated operation" included $100,000 of puppy memes on Facebook and poorly worded ads regarding masturbation problems.
Worst of all, RT gave a forum for 3rd party candidates to speak, which gave our democracy a faint whiff of legitimacy (i.e. this is bad).
It isn’t clear how far along intelligence and law enforcement officials are in probing a possible Russian disinformation drive against Biden and how formal the effort is. The Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.
“Vladimir Putin has interfered in our elections before and it’s no surprise he’s doing so again to prop up President Trump,” said Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates.
Translation: Our campaign is sinking fast, so we are throwing around blame as fast as we can. Look over there! He's to blame!