The only empty seat at last week’s Senate hearing for tech giants was supposed to have been filled by Google’s top executive, and it turns out the company might have had very good reason not to show up.
A new report from Fox News host Tucker Carlson claims that an email his show has obtained indicates the company worked to alter the 2016 presidential election.
“An email obtained exclusively by this show reveals that a senior Google employee deployed the company’s resources to increase voter turnout in ways she believed would help the Clinton campaign win in the last election,” Carlson said on Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The email was sent Nov. 9, 2016 — the day after the election — and, according to Carlson, describes efforts to increase turnout among demographics that would favor the Democrats’ candidate.
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The email, from Eliana Murillo, Google’s head of multicultural marketing, described how the company engaged in targeted efforts to increase the Hispanic vote, specifically in swing states, Carlson said.
“In her email, Murillo touts Google’s multifaceted efforts to boost Hispanic turnout in the election,” Carlson said. “She knows that Latinos voted in record-breaking numbers, especially in states like Florida, Nevada, and Arizona.”
All of those states were considered states vital to the Clinton campaign. Clinton was only able to take Nevada.
Murillo specifically called Arizona a “key state for us” and, according to Carlson, “brags” that Google had “used its power to ensure that millions of people saw certain hashtags and social media impressions with the goal of influencing their behavior during the election.”
Murillo also described Google work with the officially “non-partisan” group Voto Latino.
In what was described as a “silent donation,” Murillo also wrote that Google “supported partners like Voto Latino to pay for rides to the polls in key states,” Carlson reported.
“Officially, Voto Latino is a non-partisan entity, but that is a sham,” Carlson said. “Voto Latino is vocally partisan” against President Donald Trump, he said.
“Voto Latino is a group with clear political goals, goals that Google supported in 2016,” Carlson said.
In another part of the email, as Carlson described it, Murillo expressed shock that so many Latino voters decided to go for Trump.
“Ultimately, after all was said and done, the Latino community did come out to vote, and completely surprised us,” Murillo wrote, according to Carlson. “We never anticipated that 29 percent of Latinos would vote for Trump. No one did…
“If you see a Latino Googler in the office, please give them a smile. They are probably hurting right now,” the email said, according to Carlson.
Breitbart News, which also reported it had obtained the email, quoted it what it said was the rest of that paragraph:
“It’s tough to handle now that we know not all of us were against this, so we may be even more divided than ever. At least in CA/NY though, you can rest assured that the Latinos of these blue states need your thoughts and prayers, at least for them and their families.”
At another point, according to Breitbart, Murillo made it absolutely clear what candidate she was not favoring in the election.
“On personal note, we really thought we had shown up to demonstrate our political power against a candidate who had vehemently offended our community by calling us rapists and drug dealers,” Murillo wrote, according to Breitbart.
The email was also forwarded by two other vice presidents with Google to their staff, according to Carlson. In other words, if this report is correct, a top Google executive admitted the company gave a “silent donation” to an organization designed to increase turnout among a key Democrat demographic, determined what people would see in order to drive turnout in other ways and was surprised Latinos voted for Trump in such numbers. She was genuinely saddened her company didn’t awaken the “sleeping giant” of Hispanic voters — and several vice presidents in the company thought this was worth forwarding on to their staff.
This is a company literally altering the vote of one side by trying to inflate it and being surprised it didn’t work as planned.
At last week’s hearing, Google’s decision to send a lawyer instead of its top executive to the Senate Intelligence committee hearing was called “an insult to the public” in a headline over a column by CNBC’s Steve Kovach.
That conclusion might have been correct, though his reasoning was flawed. Kovach’s column was based on the assumption that the insult involved Russia’s assault on U.S.democracy through meddling in the 2016 elections.
Kovach wrote: “I’m not talking about manufactured and false controversies from the president about anti-conservative political bias in Google’s search results, by the way. (But that’s sure to be a good topic for conservative senators on the committee to distract from the hearing’s stated purpose of looking into election meddling.)”
Kovach was more concerned about Google having “built a suite of powerful platforms ripe for abuse from Russia and Iran.”
Kovach was right: There was an insult to the American public inherent in the non-participation of Google’s top brass at the hearing. The rest of the piece, however, isn’t going to age particularly well — if this email is indeed what it seems to be.
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