Taking its cues from Trump and other Republican officials, Russian state-sponsored media like RT and Sputnik have been "hammering" the idea of electoral fraud, said Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst.

"You can’t detach the two from each other simply because so much of what Russia and China and Iran do is focused on simply amplifying what is already domestically generated, and a vast amount of misinformation and disinformation surrounding the election, in the run-up and certainly after, is coming from Americans themselves," said Otis, the author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News.

"Let’s start with lack of funding for public schools. Let’s start with the fact that people have very limited access to media in certain parts of this country," said Otis, who is now VP of Analysis at Alethea Group. "For long-term resiliency, to solve this for future generations, you do have to package in all those other things as well."

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