Virginia lawmaker: Intel told him Russian trolls stoked radicals’ violent confrontation in Charlottesville

Virginia lawmaker: Intel told him Russian trolls stoked radicals’ violent confrontation in Charlottesville
Jousting in Charlottesville on 12 August 2017. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – BuzzFeed doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with this, since it tends to de-fang the narrative of Antifa-righteousness versus just-like-Republicans-neo-Nazi evil.  Yet it’s necessary to pay homage to any theme about Russian trolling.  So BuzzFeed reports, but also gets a left-wing activist to insist that Russian trolls had nothing to do with, at least on her end.  Meanwhile, here’s my concern: why is the intel community retailing this BS to Congress, and how much is Congress believing it?]

A Virginia member of Congress said Saturday that Russian meddling stoked the violence in Charlottesville that left one anti-racist protester dead last year.

Speaking to CNN, Rep. Tom Garrett said that he and the director of the FBI received a closed-door briefing roughly two months ago about the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, a town he represents. Intelligence officers said that Russian meddling had worsened white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, according to Garrett.

Garrett didn’t specify what Russian government agents did, though they have used Facebook to incite racial tension in the past.

“I asked if Russian inter-meddling [sic] had to do with fomenting the flames of what happened in Charlottesville. I was told ‘Yes. It did,’” he said.

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