It's no longer shocking that bogus, Russia-backed Twitter accounts tried to influence voters in the 2016 presidential election. But how long did it take this apparatus to get started? Not long at all, apparently. A Wall Street Journal analysis has determined that Russian Twitter accounts started promoting Donald Trump mere weeks after he announced his candidacy in June 2015, not December 2015 as the US intelligence community said in its election report. In addition to heaping heaping praise on Trump, many of these early posts attacked the Republicans' then-favorite Jeb Bush as well as the Democrats' Hillary Clinton.