Susan Rice Suggests Russians Fomented Floyd Protests, Violence Across U.S.
Obama's former national security adviser offered no evidence for her bizarre claim.
President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser Susan Rice suggested without evidence that the Russians could be behind the violent demonstrations that have taken place across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Sunday, Rice said:
“We have peaceful protesters focused on the very real pain and disparities that we’re all wrestling with that have to be addressed, and then we have extremists who’ve come to try to hijack those protests and turn them into something very different. And they’re probably also, I would bet based on my experience, I’m not reading the intelligence these days, but based on my experience this is right out of the Russian playbook as well.”
“I would not be surprised to learn that they have fomented some of these extremists on both sides using social media. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they are funding it in some way, shape, or form.”
Rice admits she’s not reading the intelligence anymore, so what makes her think the Russians are behind this?
She doesn’t offer much more in the way of evidence for her assertion, other than that the Russians are the Democrats’ always-present bogeyman, ever ready from behind their poorly translated social media posts to unleash mayhem upon the U.S.
Ever since the election of President Donald Trump, Democrats have blamed Russians for the outcome of the 2016 election.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller found evidence that Russian-linked accounts spent a small amount of money placing social media ads for the purpose of influencing the 2016 election, but there’s nothing to suggest their efforts were successful. The Department of Justice abruptly dropped its prosecution of a Russian-based troll farm, days before trial. Mueller also did not find evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election.
Although the claims of Russian “collusion” in the 2016 election were eventually found to be nearly totally baseless, Rice’s new narrative, that Russians support 2020’s post-Floyd rioting, appears to be even more fact-threadbare.
Rice’s claim drew criticism from across the political spectrum.
There’s a reason Rice’s claim was not taken seriously — besides the lack of evidence for the Russian meddling narrative that has dominated the nation’s political life since 2016, there’s also the sheer ineptitude of the actual Russian trolling and ads themselves.
Just look at this ad the Russians funded from the 2016 election cycle for a taste of how convincing those Russians and their social media campaigns can be: