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How transphobia is being used by Russia for US political interference 

Seen this transphobic joke that people are sharing? Weird that it is dated February 2019 huh. And that it is being circulated as a screenshot instead of a link to the birdsite.

Did this tweet exchange even ever happen?

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How transphobia is being used by Russia for US political interference 

Who is circulating this image? It is being seeded to various places in various forms. One of the variants even attributes the clapback to the official Donald Trump twitter account.

The trump version has been linked from alt-right hangouts, but that is to be expected.

How transphobia is being used by Russia for US political interference 

And who is this Twitter jokester? Oh, look it turns out they are a bot account. Not even a real person. Currently this account has a different profile photo and is being used to promote and spam ebay links and the like.

How transphobia is being used by Russia for US political interference 

This is the current modus operandi of Russian-backed political interference in western democracies. It's not just the hateful propaganda spread during election-years, or troll comments on mainstream news stories.

Sometimes it takes this form, supporting the narrative that black Americans and white transgenders are at odds. Splitting the left political spectrum against itself. Maintaining the appearance of liberal discord.

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