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Firm Behind Turning Point’s Teen Trolls Booted From Facebook

October 9, 2020

Firm Behind Turning Point's Teen Trolls Booted From Facebook

Right-wing youth indoctrination outfit Turning Point USA (known to us as Trump-Jugend) has been paying teenagers sub-minimum wages to fill social media platforms with attacks on Democratic candidates and disinformation about coronavirus. Twitter and Facebook noticed and shut down the adolescents’ accounts last month. Yesterday, Facebook removed more “inauthentic accounts”and banned Rally Forge, the political marketing firm that helped Turning Point’s Charlie Kirk turn out the teen trolls. Rally Forge is owned by Arizona Republican official Jake Hoffman, who is also behind a phantom campaign called “Navajos for Trump.”

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“Facebook bans marketing firm running ‘troll farm’ for pro-Trump youth group,” Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post

“Facebook bans firm behind Turning Point’s election troll farm,” Steven Overly, Politico

“Facebook removes hundreds of fake profiles tied to pro-Trump group,” Kari Paul, The Guardian

“Facebook bans troll accounts linked to conservative group Turning Point USA,” Adi Robertson, The Verge

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Turning Point USA: Teen Trolls for Hire

September 18, 2020

Turning Point USA: Teen Trolls for Hire

Astoundingly, “on-shoring,” one of Donald Trump’s political promises, is happening. His 2020 campaign’s troll farms have moved from Russia to Arizona. A branch of right-wing youth indoctrination outfit Turning Point USA (known to us as Trump-Jugend) has been paying teenagers sub-minimum wages to fill social media platforms with attacks on Democratic candidates and disinformation about coronavirus. Twitter and Facebook finally noticed and shut down the teen accounts this week.

Turning Point Action, an arm of the nominally-nonprofit Turning Point USA, contracted right-wing social media company Rally Forge (get it?) to coordinate the teen trolls’ spamming. Funding may have flowed through shadow political action groups Turning Point PAC and/or RallyPAC. Turning Point USA, Turning Point Action, and Students for Trump are all headed by Charlie Kirk. Rally Forge and RallyPAC are both run by Jake Hoffman. Turning Point Action and Rally Forge are also behind a phantom campaign called “Navajos for Trump.”

More:

“Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter,” Isaac Stanley-Becker, Washington Post

Related:

“Turning Point USA co-founder dies of coronavirus-related complications,” Daniel Lippman and Tina Nguyen, Politico

“Pro-Trump super PAC backed solely by bank executive used donations to fund Facebook conspiracy meme campaign,” Brian Schwartz, CNBC

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Storming Area 51

July 25, 2019

Storming Area 51

“More than 250,000 people have signed up to attend a Facebook event planning a raid on Area 51 in southern Nevada to ‘see them aliens.’

According to the event, titled, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” a group of alien hunters will meet at 3 a.m. on Sept. 20 near the top-secret U.SFrom there, the group will ‘Naruto run’ with their arms stretched behind them like Naruto Uzumaki in the Japanese anime series ‘Naruto,’ and therefore ‘move faster than their bullets.'”

— “‘They can’t stop all of us’: More than 250K pledge to storm Area 51 to uncover alien secrets,” Kelly Taylor Hayes, Fox10 Phoenix

Updates:

“More than 500,000 people have RSVP’d to ‘storm Area 51,’ in the name of memes,” Allegra Frank, Vox

“More Than 1 Million People Agree To ‘Storm Area 51,’ But The Air Force Says Stay Home,” Bobby Allyn, NPR News

“‘Let’s see them aliens’: 1.3 mn people vow to storm classified US base,” AFP via Yahoo News

“How to Infiltrate Area 51 Like a Pro,” Tom McKay, Gizmodo

“Arby’s Feeding Area 51 Raiders Top-Secret Menu,” QSR

“Rural Nevada community not equipped for UFO enthusiasts to ‘Storm Area 51,’” Kelcie Grega, Las Vegas Sun

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Trump Pardons Disgraced Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 28, 2017

Trump Pardons Disgraced Racist Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, recently convicted on federal contempt charges for violating a court order forbidding his racial profiling tactics, has been pardoned by President Trump.

In 2016 the 83-year-old Sheriff, an early and ardent Trump supporter, failed to win re-election after 23 years in office, despite having armed deputies assigned to polling places in an effort to intimidate Mexican-American voters. While elderly Arpaio failed at the polls, his voter suppression effort helped deliver more votes for Donald Trump in Maricopa County than any other county in America. One more reason for Mr. Trump’s bromance with the law-breaking ex-lawman.

President Trump was so eager to get “Sheriff Joe” off the hook, he asked Jeff Sessions to drop the case before Arpaio was convicted.

More:

“Trump pardons Joe Arpaio, former sheriff convicted in racial profiling case,” Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian

“Trump pardons `Sheriff Joe’ for defying court orders to halt racial profiling,” Todd J. Gilman, Dallas News

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Armed Poll Watchers

November 7, 2016

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, facing federal charges for continuing racial profiling, plans to station armed deputies at polling stations on election day in what is clearly an act of intimidation targeting latino voters. Not only is the 83-year-old Sheriff a firm Trump supporter, he’s up for re-election himself on November 8th. Mr. Arpaio, who has held office for the past 23 years, is trailing badly in the polls, so by suppressing the Mexican-American vote he helps himself as much as the GOP presidential candidate.

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NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

March 1, 2014

NFL Makes Arizona Do The Right Thing

The National Football League pressured Arizona Governor Jan Brewer into doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Mrs. Brewer vetoed the ill-conceived “Religious Freedom for Bigots” bill, the separate-but-equal homophobic-apartheid measure passed by her state’s legislature. The NFL, itself still learning tolerance for sexual minorities, threatened to relocate the next Superbowl from the University of Phoenix Stadium to a more inclusive state. Other huge corporations said they were reconsidering doing business in the Grand Canyon State, and the convention and business meeting forecast started to look cloudy.

Concepts like “equal access to places of public accommodation” likely mean nothing to Mrs. Brewer, but she surely remembers her state’s loss of business when Arizona passed a racist immigration law and earlier when it refused to recognize the King Holiday.

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They Gave a Tea Party, But Nobody Came.

September 11, 2012

They Gave a Tea Party, But Nobody Came.

“The Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots group has pulled the plug on Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, cancelling their Sept. 22 ‘Birther’ bash at the city’s Celebrity Theatre ‘due to inadequate ticket sales.’

The venue’s website touts an ‘intimate atmosphere of this 2,650-seat theater in the round’ with an ‘extremely rare revolving stage.’

Prices of entry ranged from $10, for tickets purchased in advance, to $25 if you wanted a ‘Meet and Greet’ with the Maricopa County sheriff, who is pushing for a ‘Congressional investigation into the fraudulent documents produced by the [Obama] administration.”

“Pat Boone and Sheriff Joe’s Arizona ‘Birther’ Party Scrapped,” Gregory J. Krieg, ABC News

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Arizona Immigration Policy Evolves

September 2, 2012

Arizona Immigration Policy Evolves

“If you know Middle Easterners, a lot of them, they look Mexican or they look, you know, like a lot of people in South America, dark skin, dark hair, brown eyes. And they mix. They mix in.

 And those people, their only goal in life is to, to cause harm to the United States. So why do we want them here, either legally or illegally? When they come across the border, besides the trash that they leave behind, the drug smuggling, the killings, the beheadings. I mean, you are seeing stuff. It’s a war out there.”

— Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Republican Candidate for Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District

More:

“Arizona GOP Favorite Doesn’t Want Middle Easterners In U.S. ‘Legally Or Illegally,’” Nick R. Martin, TPM Muckracker

“Arizona Pol: Middle Easterners Look Like Mexicans And Don’t Belong Here ‘Legally Or Illegally,'” James King, Village Voice

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Arizona: Show Me Your Papers!

June 26, 2012

Arizona: Show Me Your Papers!

The Supreme Court of the United States has overturned most of Arizona’s immigration law, denying the state’s right to make its own immigration policy. The court reasserted the constitutionally mandated powers of the Federal Government in these matters.

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Talk to the Congressman. 15 Dollars, Please.

August 17, 2011

Talk to the Congressman. 15 Dollars. Please.

Citizens of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District: want to talk to your elected representative, Paul Ryan (R WI-1), during the Congressional Recess? It will cost you $15. If you live in Arizona and Ben Quale (R, AZ-3) is your congressman, you can ask him a question for $25. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R, MN-8) charged $10 a head to meet with his constituents in Duluth. Republicans won’t make corporations and millionaires pay their fair share of taxes, but they don’t blink at making voters pay to attend constituent meetings.

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“Talk to Ryan? It’ll cost you,” Reid J. Epstein, Politico

“Ben Quayle goes pay-per-view with his district,” David Safier, BlogForArizona.com

“Rep. Cravaack becomes more clueless,” John Wayne, Examiner

“Republicans Duck Town Halls, Opt for Paying Customers Only,” Wonkronk.com

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