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Ex-FBI agent Clint Watts explains exactly how Russian bots can hack Trump’s brain via Twitter

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On, MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily,” former FBI Agent Clint Watts explained how President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is a target for nefarious bad actors, both political and criminal.

“If I was a foreign government and I wanted to influence the United States, I would take this free, very cost effective method, just do the basic analytics of it and you get a window into his mind on what appeals to him and how to influence him,” Watts explained.

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Host Chuck Todd seemed fascinated with the degree of Twitter accounts that are fake.

“How much of what we’re reading is real and how much is bot-generated right now?” Todd asked. “How much of Twitter’s traffic is bottish?”

“I think probably 20% to 30% is my opinion, my estimate of it, are really just manufactured, false accounts, propaganda,” Watts explained. “Advertising is about replication, it’s about volume. The best way to do that is to use automated bots to replicate what you want or want to sell.”

“The problem is how you regulate political interference or foreign interference or disinformation or misinformation,” Watts continued. “It incites panic, this is the equivalent of yelling fire in a movie theater — except we’re doing it in social media space.”

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What happens on social media can have real world effects.

“We’ve seen tremendous reactions. When the A.P. Twitter account was hacked and taken over, we saw the stock market plunge 600,” Watts noted. “Now we’re talking about elections being influenced by the distribution of fake news, which Twitter is a valuable tool for, because it can spread so widely and so quickly.”

“The best answer for the President is to close that account down — that’s the only way we can protect him and our country from this sort of misinformation being spread in the online environment,” Watts advised.

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“I don’t think he’ll close that account down, it’s part of empowering his base, but it’s a window into his psyche and it’s a vulnerability for our country,” Watts concluded.

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Trump attacks the homeless for sleeping in ‘our best highways, our best streets’ and vows to ‘do something about it’

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued an angry broadside against America's homeless population.

The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports that Trump, during a conversation with reporters, complained that homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings."

The president then said that people who live in these buildings pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige," and then vowed that "we'll be doing something about it."

Trump says homeless people are living in "our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings" where people pay "tremendous taxes" and want "prestige." Says he's speaking to tenants who "want to leave the country." He adds: "We'll be doing something about it."

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‘SLAP CUFFS ON HIM NOW’: Internet hammers House Dems for treating Corey Lewandowski with kid gloves

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Trump loyalist Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and it quickly devolved into a circus in which the former Trump campaign manager refused to answer basic questions from Democrats.

During the hearing, the House Judiciary Democrats sent out a tweet accusing the White House of orchestrating a coverup of the president's actions as outlined by special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

However, many Twitter users went on to hammer the Democrats for purportedly treating the constantly obfuscating and stalling Lewandowski with kid gloves.

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Trump responds to Cokie Roberts’ death by complaining that she ‘never treated me well’

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Journalist Cokie Roberts died on Tuesday and President Donald Trump didn't hesitate to make her passing all about himself.

Per CNN's Daniel Dale, Trump was asked by reporters if he had a comment about Roberts' death at the age of 75 this week, and he responded by complaining that she didn't give him favorable coverage.

"I never met her," the president replied. "She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals... never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional."

Per pool, here's Trump on the death of Cokie Roberts: “I never met her. She never treated me nicely. But I would like to wish her family well. She was a professional and I respect professionals...Never treated me well, but I certainly respect her as a professional.”

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