Riding high on the collapse of the Russiagate narrative, the Russian Embassy in the United States has kicked off a 'best fake news' contest to poke fun at Trump-Russian collusion claims, urging users to submit entries for the best false story about alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race.
‼️ Now when the #MuellerReport is completed we would like to announce a contest for the best fake news on #RussiaGate #RussianInterference #RussianCollusion #RussianMeddling 📥 pic.twitter.com/19dxLKHynH— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) 1 апреля 2019 г.
The Embassy did not specify how to submit their materials, or what kinds of prizes the 'winners' would receive. However, social media users, both Russian and American, were eager to offer suggestions, with one user suggesting it would be a "toss up between #CNN and #MSNBC" in terms of the overall volume of meddling claims.
REALLY? A CONTEST FOR THE BEST #FAKENEWS ON #RussiaGate #RussianInterference #RussianCollusion #RussianMeddling 📥???— Guardian_Elite (@Guardian_Elite) 2 апреля 2019 г.
I THINK IT'S A TOSS UP BETWEEN #CNN AND #MSNBC 🤔
A few users came up with their own 'creative' entries, joking that Russia may have poisoned the US water supply to get Americans to vote for Trump, or quipping that collusion investigator Mueller would now be investigated for possible collusion with Russia.
The Russians poisoned the US “novice” rivers, which in a small dose causes aggression. So everyone voted for aggressive Trump.— Rostovtsev Serg (@rostovtsevinfo) 2 апреля 2019 г.
Others took a more serious tone, suggesting that the fake collusion claims have led to a real world impact on global geopolitical stability.
It’s time to accept that unjustified attacks, to Russia, feeding aDANGEROUS animosity between Russia&the US, in part of American politicians& media for political gain,+unfair, economic sanctions imposition&false claims against, Russia,impact negatively the🌎geopolitical stability— Yily foote (@worldcitizen1st) 2 апреля 2019 г.
Last week, FBI special counsel Robert Mueller finally released his long-awaited probe on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin during the 2016 US presidential campaign. A summary of the report released by US Attorney General William Barr concluded that Trump did not collude with Russia during the election, and said that Mueller has recommended no further indictments. Barr has since promised to release a redacted version of Mueller's 400-page report later this month.