(WashingtonPost) “It’s time to put an end to the marijuana crisis on campus,” the meme proclaims in vivid text superimposed on a shot of photogenic 20-somethings. “Vote Hillary and #StopThePot.” The bottom of the image is emblazoned with the Hillary Clinton campaign logo, noting that it was “paid for by Hillary for America.”
- “Donald Trump wants to decriminalize Marijuana. We know better. It’s time America has tougher Marijuana laws, Enforced on a federal level.”
- “No girl deserves to have her future ruined by marijuana. That’s why we’ll keep it off our streets for good.”
- “We will stand with Law Enforcement and take marijuana off the streets. Once and for all.”
- “Marijuana is not medicine. Vote Hillary and #StopThePot”
The images all bear the familiar Clinton campaign branding, but none were actually “Approved by Hillary for America.” Rather, they’re part of a concerted effort, launched by members of a pro-Trump Reddit community, to suppress support for Clinton among young, pot-friendly voters.
It follows a similar misinformation campaign called #DraftOurDaughters, which involved Photoshopping Clinton’s logo on memes that claimed, “Clinton was aggressively pursuing a plan to draft young women into the military, usually for a war against Russia,” according to The Washington Post’s Abby Ohlheiser.
On Sunday, a Reddit user whose account has since been deleted submitted a post to “r/the_donald,” the largest community of Trump supporters on Reddit, saying, “What we did with #DraftourDaughters we need to do with #StopthePOT.”