Many individuals around the world believe that the rise of Donald Trump as the soon to be 45th President of the United States can be squarely blamed upon “fake news” stories which reported things about the election process which never happened. Furthermore, these fake stories were apparently being propped up by the Russian government, according to researchers who followed the campaign.
The Russian government employed numerous teams of “trolls” who were paid to cause disruptions on social media by spreading false information that indicated a variety of allegations about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In essence, Trump rode the wave of disinformation directly to the Oval Office, while simultaneously stating he has no ties to the Russian government. If that were true, why exactly would the Russians do him this service? Trump would like the American people to believe it is solely because he is just a nice fellow. Right.
Clint Watts, who works with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, says the Russian government’s modus operndi is the exact same as it was during the Cold War:
They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests. This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.
If one were to believe the opinion of Watts, then the Russians were not seeking to help Trump but to help themselves. This seems to be more in line with the Russian government’s ruthless ambitions to topple the United States using any methods available to them. They know Trump will be a disaster of a president, which will weaken the power of the United States as a whole.