By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Columnist)
An indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed more details about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general for the Department of Justice, announced the 37-page indictment.
The highly detailed indictment included what had already been suspected: that the Russians targeted African American voters. A Russian “troll farm” worked to stoke racial tensions in 2016 using several social media platforms to influence African American voters and to plan protests. Social media accounts, including “Woke Blacks” and “Blacktivists,” encouraged voting for third-party choices, such as Green Party candidate Jill Stein, or not voting at all.
According to the indictment, one social media message read, “Choose peace and vote for Jill Stein,” as another message read, “Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote.” Stein won over a million votes in 2016. Even though, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election by a margin of 3 million, she lost the Electoral College vote to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In two key states Trump won over Clinton, Stein’s margin of victory was larger. In Michigan, Trump beat Clinton by 10,704 votes and Stein won 51,463 votes. In Wisconsin, Trump beat Clinton by 22,177 votes and Stein received 31,006 votes.