Who’s Behind These Robocalls About Anti-Trump Social-Media Activity?

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One thing that conservatives online respect more than almost anything else is the First Amendment. You gotta be able to say whatever you want whenever you want even — especially? — if it’s really insulting or downright offensive. It’s really bad when online platforms owned and run by snowflake liberals censor the speech of their users, like white supremacists who might have some really interesting points.

So I guess it’s a bit curious that someone is orchestrating menacing robocalls threatening people who make “derogatory” comments about President Trump. According to Gizmodo, there have been a handful of recorded incidents over the past few months. The calls, which always come from different numbers, follow the same script each time.

Voice-mail sometimes cuts off the start of the recording, but it works like those voice-mail greetings your friends use to prank people (“Hello? [long pause.] Oh hey, what’s up, I’m not here right now…”). The script goes:

Well, we’ve been monitoring some of your posts and it does seem that you’ve been making some rather negative comments about President Trump. Is that correct? [pause] Listen, we’re going to have to ask you to lay off on the negative and derogatory posts about President Trump, okay? [pause] What’s you problem anyway? Don’t you want to make America great again? [pause] Okay, well you’ve been warned. We’ll be keeping an eye on you. Have a nice day.

Some of the recipients told Gizmodo that the recording identified itself as affiliated with Citizens for Trump, a “grassroots organization” that has a section of its website devoted to sharing Trump-related memes.

It’s not clear how many people have gotten these robocalls, or why they received them. If I were a betting man, this isn’t a targeted campaign as much as it is a broad effort taking advantage of Trump-related paranoia and internet illiteracy. The identical call recordings seem like a quick and dirty solution meant to make people anxious in general.

Who’s Behind These Calls About Anti-Trump Online Activity?