Lost in the coverage of the Special Counsel's indictments of over a dozen Russian individuals and companies is something Bernie or busters and Jill Stein voters would rather not talk about - Russia knew they were upset that Hillary was the nominee and exploited their anger with fabricated and sensational stories.
The indictment accused the Russian nationals of being "instructed to post content that focused on ‘politics in the USA’ and to ‘use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest (except Sanders and Trump – we support them).’” The Russians are also accused of targeting Bernie and Stein supporters to vote third party or not vote at all, with many of those ads targeting individuals in specific districts and states.
Both Sanders and Stein have refused to directly address any of the claims that they may have unwittingly (stress mine - I don't want people accusing me of claiming they were part of some conspiracy) helped the Russians defeat Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump. I say directly because both have conducted interviews since the indictments and both have deflected direct questions about the issue because it's hard for them to admit that they may have been helped out by a hostile foreign power.
Is it possible that enough Bernie or busters and Jill Stein voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were swayed to vote in a particular war after consuming Russian propaganda? We may never know, but it's a very real possibility.
Our Democracy is under attack and the President of the United States, Bernie, and Stein are all MIA because their egos seem to mean more to them than safeguarding our Democracy. Russia and other hostile powers now know how easy (and cheap) it is to tilt elections in the United States. We must come together as a country to let them know that we won't allow them to get away with it.