By Christine Gralow
By popular demand on Twitter, below is the full list of Tulsi Gabbard online dissidents. The list was created and disseminated to campaign volunteers by Scott Gahres (aka Garris), a social media strategist for the Gabbard presidential campaign.
Gahres disseminated this "Twitter Operatives" Excel spreadsheet in the closed Team Tulsi Online Volunteers group on Facebook, which currently has 1,000 members. The official Gabbard campaign website refers supporters to this Facebook group when they sign up to volunteer.
Gabbard's press team has tried to distance her campaign from Gahres, stating that he is just a "volunteer," but Gahres' ties to Gabbard and his work for her campaign are apparent in the Facebook group, as well as in his email signature and official campaign email address. A large majority of people currently working for Gabbard's campaign are either unpaid workers or freelancers. (See 4-24-19 Daily Beast article.) Gahres has done social media work for Gabbard for years via Facebook, Twitter, and Medium.
In the Facebook group, Gahres has hosted regular "Twitter strategy" conference calls and has instructed volunteers to target specific Twitter accounts that have posted information unflattering to Gabbard.
Gahres' instructions to Gabbard's online campaign volunteers include blocking accounts on the list, "then reply(ing) so they cannot reply to you." Gahres also instructed campaign volunteers to create multiple accounts and "use one account to talk to other account and create hype and conversation."
Gahres' apparent social media hit list includes journalists, LGBTQ rights activists, Syrian Democracy activists, Hawai'ian rights activists, and "Tulsi birthers". Topping the list is Intercept reporter Mehdi Hasan, who has been critical of Gabbard and currently has over 647,000 followers on Twitter. At least six accounts on Gahres' target list are currently suspended by Twitter, including @riotwomennn and @bravenakblog.
The "Twitter Operatives" spreadsheet and information from the closed Facebook group were leaked to Meanwhile in Hawai'i by a former campaign volunteer who wishes not to be named for fear of retaliation.
Disclosure: Christine Gralow is on the #TulsiGabbardEnemyList.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Gahres hosted weekly "Twitter strategy" conference calls. The conference calls actually occurred twice a month.
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