Channel 4 News tells us:
Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016
Channel 4 News has exclusively obtained a vast cache of data used by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign on almost 200 million American voters.
It reveals that 3.5 million Black Americans were categorised by Donald Trump’s campaign as ‘Deterrence’ – voters they wanted to stay home on election day.
Aspiring fascist Lord Damp Nut’s 2016 Goat Rodeo campaign targeted a list of millions of Black voters as part of a YUGE effort to deter them from voting. That’s not surprising.
What is surprising is how they did it: remember Cambridge Analytica?
Trump’s digital campaign, called ‘Project Alamo’ and based in San Antonio, Texas, involved a team from the now defunct British company Cambridge Analytica, working with a team from the Republican National Committee. Two senior members of the Cambridge Analytica team are working on the Trump 2020 campaign.
This digital campaign team assigned 3.5 million Black voters to a category they called Deterrence; Black Americans were disproportionately marked “Deterrence” in swing states, and people of color made up 54 percent of that category overall.
And of course, Facebook was part of it:
The Trump campaign spent £44 million on Facebook ads alone during 2016, posting almost six million different versions of highly targeted messages that were pumped directly into the feeds of target voters across America, helped by a Facebook employee embedded within the Trump campaign.
But many of the ads were so called ‘dark posts’, which could vanish from recipients’ feeds once a campaign stopped paying for them.
It means no complete public record exists of the ads posted on Facebook during the 2016 campaign or the audience lists used to target voters. The platform offered no ‘Ad Library’ at the time.
Without Facebook or the campaign itself revealing the information, it means it’s not possible to ascertain exactly how potential voters in the ‘Deterrence’ group may have been targeted on Facebook.
The Trump campaign itself has categorically stated that it did not target African Americans.
Combine that racially targeted deterrence with the RNC, which has been building a vast election-disputing legal team for the past year, and you’ve got an inkling of how hard Republicans are working to convince Democratic voters that their votes don’t matter. They cannot win on their own, they are depending on us to throw in the towel.
Guys, this is our 4-Alarm Fire: every vote counts. Team Evil is banking on us being discouraged and defeated before we even get our ballots. Whatever you do, don’t fall for it, and be sure your circle of friends are fired-up, too.
Periodically declare how excited you are to vote. Be sure you actually say that to your peeps. Get them excited to see this 4-year experiment in terror is ended.