NBC News compiled a database of more than 202,000 deleted Russian troll tweets and found over 2,700 confirmed Russian trolls posted false content on social media prior to the November 2016 U.S. election specifically to sow doubt and discord among Americans, support Donald Trump, damage Hillary Clinton, and disrupt online conversations in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race. The Russian tweets frequently linked Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and other Democratic figures, like John Podesta, to Satanic rituals and the occult. One example is the well known, unsubstantiated Hillary Clinton #Pizzagate scandal. The Russian trolls’ occult narratives were seized upon and magnified by conservative media figures and websites, including the Drudge Report and Fox News host Sean Hannity. U.S. Intelligence chiefs have made unanimous public statements that Russia will be targeting the upcoming 2018 U.S. elections as well.