by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
CNN uncovered a terrifying, Russian-produced weapon of influence last Thursday.
It’s a poorly-made internet video game called “Hilltendo.”
Released a few weeks before the 2016 election, the game allows players to take on the role of an animated Hillary Clinton as she deletes emails, takes money from Arab nations and “throw[s] the Constitution as far as possible.”
Silly stuff, but this obscure internet game is a disturbing example of how Russia influenced America’s presidential election, according to CNN.
It’s certainly bizarre that Russian operatives spent time and money creating ridiculous projects like “Hilltendo,” but the game, the memes, the Facebook ads and bot tweets don’t exactly paint the picture the media wants.
Namely, the idea that Russia somehow hijacked our election thanks to the lame games, bad memes, silly Facebook ads and bot tweets with poor grammar.