In November 2016, a Charlotte City Councilman with ties to the Clintons attended a rally reportedly organized by Russian interests.
“Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled ‘Charlotte Against Trump’, in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016,” said an indictment by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III against 13 Russians, released on Feb. 16.
The indictment alleges that Russian special interests bought advertisements and created groups on social media to influence American voters in the 2016 presidential election.
According to the indictment, Russian interests, using social media platforms, went so far as to organize rallies both for and against Hillary R. Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Sen. Rafael E. “Ted” Cruz (R.-Tx.), and President Donald J. Trump. Unwitting Americans subsequently participated in those rallies.
One of those unwitting Americans was Charlotte City Councilman Braxton Winston II, a Democrat.
A photo provided to Big League Politics by the Charlotte Regional Republican Volunteer Network shows Winston at the Russian organized “Charlotte Against Trump” rally, held on Nov. 9 in the Queen City.
Winston, a community activist, quickly rose to prominence after protesting the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer in September of 2016. The officer involved in the shooting was cleared of wrongdoing, which led to riots in Charlotte. One person died as a result of the rioting.
Winston has also ingratiated himself with the Clinton family. After his election to the city council, Chelsea V. Clinton, daughter president William J. “Bill” Clinton tweeted the following:
Mr. President, @BraxtonWinston is a superb example of an actual “very fine” person. And, yes I️ know he won an election in Charlotte, not Charlottesville. Still, please learn more about him @realDonaldTrump @potus (My first #280charactertweet. Please understand @chrissyteigen!) pic.twitter.com/6OpNyLiHpg
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 9, 2017
“Mr. President, @BraxtonWinston is a superb example of an actual “very fine” person,” she said, sharing an iconic photo of Winston taken during the Charlotte riots.
To date, the narrative surrounding Russian involvement in the 2016 election cycle has been focused squarely on Trump. It is now clear that multiple politicians – Democrats included – may have benefitted from the meddling, and that none willingly colluded with Russia to gain an advantage.
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SAD: George Soros Names President Obama His “Greatest Disappointment”
He praised John McCain, though.
Billionaire left-wing mega-donor George Soros stated that former President Barack Obama was his “greatest disappointment” during an interview with the New York Times. The wide-ranging interview was largely based on his understanding that he’s losing big in the Trump era. Soros also used his time to praise Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), affirming his commitment to promoting bipartisanship.
His harsh statements about Barack Obama was based on around his belief that the former President “closed the door” on him after getting into office. Soros said he had great hopes that Obama would consult him on economic and financial issues, but that the President was more inclined to “woo his opponents” while taking his supporters for granted. Soros was a major supporter of Obama, giving millions to support his candidacy.
In the interview, the billionaire recalled the post-election phone call where Obama thanked him for his support, stating that it “was meant to last for five minutes,” but that he “dragged it out to eight minutes.” That call was likely the moment that Soros realized that Obama only cares about himself, seeing him as nothing more than a tool to gain power.
But while much of Soros’ time was used to express his disappointment in Obama, he did have positive words to say about Sen. John McCain. He stated that he feels that the Republican party should reform itself and become more moderate, clearly seeing people like McCain as a positive influence towards that goal.
Soros also praised other moderate Republicans, specifically citing Sens. Lisa Murkoski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME). He even went so far as to state that he would be inclined to give them financial support before backing away from that statement, saying that his donation “would hurt them.”
George Soros is perhaps the most influential political donor on the left. Recently he spent millions of dollars to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run, and has since then funded numerous “resistance” groups designed to stop President Donald Trump from implementing his agenda.
As for his future plans at the Presidential level, he was unsure what he would do, declining to say if he would back Bernie Sanders (I-VT) if he were to run. The only thing he made clear is that going forward, he will most likely become less influential to Democrats, stating: “I don’t particularly want to be a Democrat.”
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