After taking a couple of weeks off for the holidays, Rush Limbaugh is back in full force this week — and making sure his massive listening audience isn’t missing the biggest stories of the last few days, including those going underreported. One of the big stories that has largely flown under the radar is Democrat activists getting busted in “false flag” election campaigns in 2017.
“Remember this Dry Alabama result that we had yesterday?” Limbaugh said in reference to reports Monday revealing that progressive Democrats engaged in “false flag” online campaigns in 2017 targeting embattled Republican Roy Moore. “There was I think some pretty big news made yesterday that has not even been repeated that was revealed on this program.”
Limbaugh provided some background: “What happened was Reid Hoffman, a tech Silicon Valley gazillionaire who co-founded LinkedIn, contributed a hundred thousand dollars or more to an operation run against Roy Moore in Alabama, the special election there against Doug Jones, the Democrat.” The “false flag” operations by Democrats, Limbaugh said, imitated Russian tactics, in part playing into the Democrats’ “Russian meddling” narrative, which had really gotten cranking by then.
Limbaugh is referencing a story reported by The New York Times Monday revealing that Democrat-funded campaigns were using the same tactics Russians used in their 2016 disinformation campaigns to torpedo Moore. The first operation, the Times reports, “was explicitly devised to try out the tactics of the Russian operation. … Rather than Russians working in St. Petersburg posing as Americans, this time Democrats — most of them far from Alabama — pretended to be conservative state residents.”
“It was exactly the kind of operation they say that Trump and the Russians cooperated in to defeat Hillary!” said Limbaugh. He then threw in a line for the more conspiratorial types: “Who’s to say that all of this Russian meddling from the get-go hasn’t been run by Democrats right out of the DNC, right out of the Hillary campaign?”
Limbaugh added that “one of the prominent people in this organization running this op was one of the strategists running the Stop Rush movement, the harassment of advertisers. Creating bots and flooding advertisers’ emails with lying, stinking emails about things I was saying that I hadn’t said, trying to harm and damage the business here. The same people were doing it against O’Reilly, Tucker Carlson, Hannity over at Fox. The same guy running that operation was involved in the Dry Alabama.”
Saying the Democrats are “thick as thieves” in these kinds of dirty tactics, Rush underscored the “irony” of it all: “So the irony here is that while we’ve had the last year and a half of our lives torn apart by an investigation into whether or not the Russians meddled and somehow cheated and arranged Trump getting elected when in fact the Democrats are the ones running these operations right out of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democrat National Committee!”
Below is an excerpt from The New York Times report Monday on “the second so-called false flag operation by Democrats in the fiercely contested Alabama race” (formatting adjusted):
The “Dry Alabama” Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely. Along with a companion Twitter feed, the Facebook page appeared to be the work of Baptist teetotalers who supported the Republican, Roy S. Moore, in the 2017 Alabama Senate race. “Pray for Roy Moore,” one tweet exhorted.
In fact, the Dry Alabama campaign, not previously reported, was the stealth creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Mr. Moore — the second such secret effort to be unmasked. In a political bank shot made in the last two weeks of the campaign, they thought associating Mr. Moore with calls for a statewide alcohol ban would hurt him with moderate, business-oriented Republicans and assist the Democrat, Doug Jones, who won the special election by a hair-thin margin.