Even some Trump supporters who unwittingly helped Russians during the election still don’t believe in the conspiracy.
Special counsel Robert Mueller issued indictments Friday against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies allegedly involved in the plot to help elect President Donald Trump — and some Americans duped by Kremlin agents insist the story’s a hoax, reported the Associated Press.
“I just don’t believe it,” said Lilia Morraz, of Miami. “It’s like everything you see on TV. I don’t believe 90 percent of it.”
The 60-year-old Morraz helped promote a rally in her hometown after reaching out to the @March—for—Trump account on Twitter, which has been identified as a phony account used by Russia.
“I am really active on Twitter,” Morraz said. “They were saying Trump was not going to be elected. I happened to write to them and say it’s not true.”
The person behind that account then asked Morraz about good places to hold a pro-Trump rally, and she ended up organizing a rally promoted by the @March—for—Trump account.
Another Trump supporter unwittingly helped organize a rally in Clearwater as part of a statewide series of events promoted by Russian social media accounts, but he’s not convinced foreign influence campaigns made any difference.
“I was going to do what I was going to do anyway,” Jim Frishe, a former state representative. “I was a Trump supporter, they didn’t convince me.”
The 68-year-old Frishe said Russian efforts to influence U.S. politics were “nothing new.”
“It’s not surprising,” Frishe said. “It doesn’t have a huge impact in this country.”