Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Trump’s Troll Army Sets Its Sights on Europe

Donald J. Trump—a man who shares in common all the traits of burgeoning fascists through history—was declared the 45th president of the United States of America. He will take the office with a Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. And the internet army that believes it elected him already has a new target: Europe.

One of several severe downsides of a President-Elect Trump is that these vile online communities now know their tactics—doxxing, coordinated harassment [and] the willful spread of misinformation—are not only without consequence but the correct tactical decision in political discourse. How much of an impact these communities had in influencing Trump’s presidency will never be quantifiable. At best though, it’s a digital reflection of real political unrest elsewhere in the Western world. Up until yesterday, a Trump presidency was considered impossible by our best prognosticators. France, Austria, Germany, and Australia would do well not to make the same mistake. READ MORE