From The New York Times:
The ferocity of the attacks coming from the faction of the party allied with Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, had General McMaster’s associates convinced that it was no coincidence. At one point on Friday, Breitbart News, formerly run by Mr. Bannon, had close to a dozen headlines on its home page about General McMaster, like “McMaster ‘Deeply Hostile to Israel and to Trump.’”
The #FireMcMaster hashtag was tweeted more than 50,000 times since Wednesday. Echoing the drumbeat were social media organs tied to the Russian government. According to the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan group created to focus attention on Russian interference in the West, the top hashtag among 600 Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations at one point on Thursday was #FireMcMaster.
Okay, so once again, the crap that Breitbart is spewing — and remember, Bannon has an ethics waiver to continue working with Breitbart — is magically being co-spewed by Russian bot farms. And firing McMaster isn’t the kind of thing that Russia would even care about without close cooperation from the White House.
Not to mention, this is pretty much identical to what Team Trump was doing during the campaign. From McClatchy, in March:
Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as “bots,” to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton, these sources said.
The bots’ end products were largely millions of Twitter and Facebook posts carrying links to stories on conservative internet sites such as Breitbart News and InfoWars, as well as on the Kremlin-backed RT News and Sputnik News, the sources said…
And why would Bannon stop? — there have thus far been zero negative repercussions for their conspiracy.
Let’s hope Mueller is on this.