“Dirty tricks” have always had their place in politics, and I suspect we’re going to see a lot of them in this presidential campaign. Indeed, I think we have already seen some and don’t realize it.
The Russians employ a dirty trick in their ongoing use of social media. As I wrote in my page 3 column on Nov. 15, 2018 (link), their strategy in social media is to create division in America. They knew that in Trump they would have an unwitting co-conspirator in that strategy. Click here to view a 3-part video by The New York Times called "Operation Infektion: Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News." (link) Undoubtedly they have used social media to mobilize antifa-type violence simultaneously with using social media to mobilize the right wingers against them. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that some of the looters were actually plants to turn public opinion against the otherwise peaceful protestors. The truth will out — it always does, just not soon enough!
No doubt, you have heard of “deep fakes,” highly believable videos that show a politician saying something they did not say. You can no longer believe what you see and hear. Scary.