Senator Kamala Harris who is running for president claimed that her campaign is being targeted by Russian bots, reported the Washington times Friday.
Speaking on “The Breakfast Club” radio show, Harris stated that Russian bots have been targeting her White House campaign on social media platforms, which she considers to be another attempt of Russia to meddle the US election. When asked whether her campaign could be a target of Russian bots, Harris responded: “Oh, we already know we are.”
Last month during the Democratic debates, Harris, whose mother is Indian and father is Jamaican, stated she was “the only black person on the stage.” Many conservative critics have reacted to the claim, including Ali Alexander, a right-wing activist who said Ms. Harris was “not an American Black. Period.” Since then a number of automated social media accounts have criticized Harris for calling herself ‘black.’
According to Harris, any claim made by a person may cause an uproar if it is widely talked about on social media platforms.
“It’ll be others and those bots that stir it up to the point that it generates heat, and then people start getting swept into it,” she stated.
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who led the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, found that there was a “troll farm” controlled by Russians that was spreading politically charged content, which affected the 2016 race. However, Russia President Vladimir Putin denied all the accusations. Last month when questioned about Russian meddling, Putin answered: “We didn’t meddle, we aren’t meddling and we will not meddle in any elections.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website