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Nearly half of all Trump voters think leaked Clinton e-mails discussed pedophilia and human trafficking

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It’s no secret some conservative influencers—including Alex Jones, Sean Hannity and even president-elect Donald Trump himself—trafficked in conspiracy theories throughout the 2016 election. After all, Trump’s first real foray into the political arena revolved around his insistence that Barack Obama was in fact born in Kenya, and thus ineligible for the presidency (a racist theory advanced by both Jones and Hannity, who served as de facto hype-men for Trump throughout the campaign).

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But a new Economist/YouGov poll shows just how impactful these conspiracies were to voters. The poll reveals that almost half—46 percent—of Trump voters believe leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign discussed pedophilia and human trafficking.

The poll was conducted after an armed man from North Carolina was arrested for trying to “self-investigate” Comet Ping Pong in Washington D.C. over charges the restaurant was a front for a pedophilia ring run by Clinton and her aide John Podesta.

The “fictitious conspiracy theory,” dubbed “pizzagate,” originated on sites like 4chan and Reddit before making its way across social media. It was eventually picked up by fake news websites, including Jones’ Infowars.com. According to the poll, even after the theory was debunked by authorities, “only 29 percent [of American adults] are sure the allegation is ‘definitely’ not true.”

The poll also reveals a remarkable distrust of the intelligence community’s consensus that Russia was responsible for leaking e-mails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign in the hopes of swinging the election in favor of Trump. While 87 percent of Clinton voters believe it’s “true” that Russia interfered to help the president-elect, a full 80 percent of Trump voters think it’s false. Sixty percent of Trump voters also believe the president-elect’s erroneous claim that “millions of people … voted illegally” in the election.

As for the most prominent conspiracy theory pushed by Trump and co.—that President Obama was born in Kenya? Despite the president-elect’s forced declaration that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” half of Trump supporters think it’s “at least probably true” that Obama was born in Kenya

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[h/t Catherine Rampell, @crampellWashington Post]


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REVEALED: FBI says pernicious Russian hacker Berserk Bear has infiltrated multiple US government websites

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The federal government is warning of a cyber-attacks by Russia that ramped up in September.

"This joint cybersecurity advisory—written by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)—provides information on Russian state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actor activity targeting various U.S. state, local, territorial, and tribal (SLTT) government networks, as well as aviation networks," CISA revealed on Thursday.

"Since at least September 2020, a Russian state-sponsored APT actor—known variously as Berserk Bear, Energetic Bear, TeamSpy, Dragonfly, Havex, Crouching Yeti, and Koala in open-source reporting—has conducted a campaign against a wide variety of U.S. targets. The Russian state-sponsored APT actor has targeted dozens of SLTT government and aviation networks, attempted intrusions at several SLTT organizations, successfully compromised network infrastructure, and as of October 1, 2020, exfiltrated data from at least two victim servers," the agency reported.

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Devin Nunes got Trump to declassify document disputing intel consensus that Russia helped Trump in 2016

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The Trump administration is pushing to declassify a document disputing the 2017 intelligence report finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 election to the benefit of Trump. But source speaking to Reuters say the effort is facing strong objections inside the intelligence community.

"U.S. President Donald Trump and his intelligence chief have pushed for quick declassification of a document disputing the 2017 intelligence community finding that Russia acted to help Trump get elected in 2016," Reuters reported, citing "three U.S. government officials familiar with the matter."

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White women who voted for Trump voice their regrets: ‘I didn’t know I was signing my own death warrant’

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White women played a large part in Donald Trump's surge to the presidency in 2016. Some of those women spoke to Al Jazeera this Thursday and explained why Trump won't be getting their vote in 2020.

Nancy Shively has been voting for Republicans since 1976. She voted for Trump in 2016 even though she wasn't a "big fan."

“Really seeing in living colour … his personality on display, it was just so clear to me how relentlessly narcissistic he is and how he was trying to pawn off responsibility on the governors instead of doing it himself,” she said, adding that when she voted for Trump, "I didn’t know I was [potentially] signing my own death warrant."

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