Senator Threatens Russia

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) issued a harsh warning to Russia if they attempt to interfere with the upcoming 2018 elections stating, “there will be hell to pay.”

Rounds said, “[Russia] did their best to influence the 2016 elections,”

“But there’s a difference between putting out lots of propaganda, which they did, and using the Internet to disseminate it, which they did. In order to get it on lots of different websites, they used what they call bots. …  So they put out misinformation, used the bots to promote them to get them up into the social media networks, and from there, they could then influence the American people and what they saw on social media, which then drew the attention of the media.”

“We have to have the ability to keep track of and to prove to people that these are honest elections and that an outside power didn’t do it. Part of the way we do that is to let the Russians know that if they mess with this stuff there will be hell to pay!”