Donald Trump’s digital media director during the 2016 election campaign retweeted a Russian Twitter bot, and he was not the only top campaign person to do it either. Yet, the man does not care, and here is why.
Brad Parscale sent out messages posted by @TEN_GOP, who said Tennessee Republicans ran its Twitter account.
As it turns out, the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency ran the Twitter page.
Parscale retweeted a message that said,
‘Thousands of deplorables chanting to the media: “Tell The Truth!” RT if you are also done w/ biased Media!’
The tall social media director blamed Twitter for letting accounts hide their true owners and told YAHOO:
‘I wish Twitter would make that more obvious.’
Other Trump campaign members who retweeted @TEN_GOP tweeted included, according to YAHOO:
‘Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Donald Trump Jr., among others.’
Parscale told Isikoff he was “not sorry:”
‘I mean, I’m just — I can’t take back what I already tweeted. I mean, yeah, it’s unfortunate. Yes, I feel bad that it was a — it was not a Tennessee account — that I got fooled that it was a Tennessee GOP account.’
The digital media director continued:
‘Millions of people retweet tweets. You don’t have any idea who’s behind that account. You know, I agree with the message. The media’s biased. Did I have any idea who’s behind it? No. If it would have been a Russian flag and IP up there … would I retweet it? No.’
‘I was retweeting knowing that the media’s biased.’
Isikoff noted that after a year, Trump has not met any of his promises:
‘No infrastructure plan introduced by President Trump in Congress (and) no action on that whatsoever.’
‘There were certain portions of the country where infrastructure was a place that was a not-seen little element. When you start getting into data … and you do that much research … and polling … and you start to build up universes and seeing what’s out there in the electorate happening, data lets you point that direction and it lets you find things within Mr. Trump’s agenda.’
Isikoff asked his interviewee:
‘So you told voters, “Vote for Donald Trump and … he’s going to repair your roads and bridges.” And here we are, and he’s done none of that. Did you con the voters that you were targeting?’
‘No. He’s got three years left to still fix infrastructure. I think he has a lot of time still. He’s trying to get working on tax reform right now.’
Isikoff asked Parscale about whether he wished Trump had accomplished more. He answered:
‘I think he’s done a ton. I think he’s done more than any president we’ve had in a long time.’
Parscale testified before the House Intelligence Committee in June, but he denied any collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin:
‘I hope they figure out everything that happened and what it is and prevent it from happening in the future. I’ve always been fully supportive of the investigation.’
Isikoff noticed that Parscale felt somewhat differently than Trump about Russian probes. The Trump man said:
‘You’d have to ask him that. I don’t speak for the president.
Featured Image via Getty Images/Drew Angerer.