According to information released by House Democrats earlier this week, Abrams was one of more than 2,750 fake Twitter accounts created by employees
at the Internet Research Agency, a “troll farm” funded by the Russian government based in St. Petersburg. In addition to the Abrams account,
several other popular conservative social media personalities — @LauraBaeley, SouthLoneStar, Ten_GOP — were all revealed to be troll accounts. All
have been deactivated on Twitter.
According to the Daily Beast, the agency developed a following around the Abrams account by offering humorous, seemingly non-political takes on pop
culture figures like Kim Kardashian. The agency also furnished the fake account, which dates back to 2014, with a personal website, a Gmail account
and even a GoFundMe page.
Once the Abrams account began to develop a following, the tone of its tweets shifted from pokes and prods at celebrities to divisive views on hot
topics like immigration and segregation.
Those rebukes only allowed Abrams initial message to spread even wider, which was the ultimate intention of Russia’s propaganda campaign — to sow
dissension and increase the racial divide among America’s voting populace, revealing the world’s only superpower as a country in decline.
“The tried and tested way of active measures is to use an adversary’s existing weaknesses against himself, to drive wedges into pre-existing
cracks,” Thomas Rid, a professor of war studies at King’s College London, told Politfact. “The more polarized a society, the more vulnerable it
is. And America in 2016, of course, was highly polarized, with lots of cracks to drive wedges into, but not old wedges, improved high-tech wedges that
allowed the Kremlin’s operatives to attack their target faster, more reactively and at a far larger scale than ever before.”