It’s a wonderfully well-researched article, but, despite disclaimers, it is still an attempt to discredit a legitimate expression of opinions felt by millions of people. The logic is that even if real people support it, the fact that bots are boosters, means it lacks legitimacy. However, even you admit it’s not just a bot movement, even if bots are helping to amplify it. Knowing that bots have supported it did not stop me, a real live person, from just now going to the #walkaway page on Facebook and liking it.
Just so you know, I was a lifelong Democrat and voted for Obama twice. But I got so disgusted with the divisive identity politics and anti-American attitude of the Democratic Party, that I left it. Hillary’s nomination crystalized how bad the party had become.
I did not vote for Trump and I am not a registered Republican, but I will vote Republican in 2018 and for Trump in 2020. Why? The Resistance and the Progressive Left have captured the Democratic Party. They are a threat to our Constitutional form of government. I listen to their leaders push crazy conspiracy theories about collusion that they have not supported with evidence. It is a political witch-hunt. The Democrats have morphed into something strange. They advocate confrontation in the streets and think we should go easy on criminal gangs. They champion open borders and oppose enforcement of Federal immigration law. These are things I have heard them say. You can argue bots are pushing an extreme version of their position, but what they stand for is plenty extreme on its own. They pushed me away. My future votes will be made to reduce the chance they will ever gain any ballot box victory.
Finally, I don’t regard Russian tweets as a particular threat. They’ve been churning out disinformation for 50 years. The real threat is that government intelligence agencies and the social media companies will censor our free speech using the Russian threat and the need to stop “hate speech” as pretexts. The social media companies are like the phone company: they may control the wire, but damn if they should have the right to screen what we say.