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Samantha Bee traveled to Russia to interview people who get paid by the country’s government to act as online trolls, commenting on the 2016 presidential election.
The man and woman she interviewed wore masks as they shared how they influence Americans on who to vote for while also trying to change their views on Russia. They say they comment on Facebook, Twitter and publications like the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New York Post.
The woman said she doesn’t identify herself as Russian, but pretends to be a housewife from Nebraska. She admitted she prefers Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, because he doesn’t speak negatively about Russia like Clinton does. Bee asked her about disseminating misinformation that affects the election, and the woman suggests that people are to blame for trusting online sources. “They’re lazy and they believe everything they read,” said the woman.
While speaking with the man, Bee asked him if he liked what he does. “It’s nice to work from home,” said Bee. “Subvert democracy in your jimmy jams.” He laughed and said yes.
“Can you understand why some Americans would watch this and go, ‘F— you?’ ” asked Bee. He said he did, and added, “I see something that I don’t like and I need to break it or change it.” He continued, saying, “people are crazy.”
“Are you crazy?” asked Bee. “Of course,” he replied. “I am sitting here in mask.”
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