Transcript for Report: Russian bots pounced on gun control debate after shooting
Want to bring in our Washington team chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas and Jon Karl. Evidence that Russian bots stirred up division in the same way they did during the 2016 election. This follows a pattern. The Russians have been very active since the election every time there is a recent controversy where there's been the NFL taking a knee issue which involved president trump, major issues of race, immigration and gun violence they've tried to intensify the debate. Last week the nation's top intelligence officials reminded that the Russians are still meddling and that they're coming into the 2018 midterms. It's an ongoing and not a surprise that they would try to take advantage of that horrific tragedy in Florida. Reports of Twitter accounts suspected of ties to Russians and exacerbating feelings on each side of the gun debate. It is to inflame passions. It's what the justice department calls an information warfare and an assault on our very democracy. Exploiting divisions already there. Jon, those divisions evident in our new poll with "The Washington post" and shows Americans united on being unhappy with Washington and 77% saying congress not doing enough and 62% saying president trump not doing enough. Reporter: There's a real interesting number in this poll about who they see is to blame or what's to blame for the shootings. First of all, regarding the parkland shooting specifically, 58% of those surveyed said that it could have been prevented with stricter gun control but look at this, George, 77%, much more say it could have been prevented with better mental health monitoring then when we ask the question about mass shootings generally, this is very interesting, 57% said that mental health, inadequate monitoring of mental health was more to blame and 28% say inadequate gun control and, George, as for the big proposal that you hear so many talking about, an assault weapons ban, the country is evenly divided on that, almost exactly evenly divided between those opposing it and favoring it. We are seeing president trump open to more background checks, new legislation on background checks? Reporter: Yeah, he has his press secretary suggested he's in favor of something to strengthen the background check system. There is a bipartisan proposal on that. It's also something that is -- that the NRA favors so not exactly a new gun control measure. On another front his on again off again relationship with Mitt Romney now a U.S. Senate candidate in Utah back on? Reporter: It is back on. He is announcing he is running for senate and the president made it clear following that announcement he is endorsing and supporting Romney. Thinks he'd be a good addition to the senate and Romney appreciates that endorsement but as you remember, Romney, during the campaign said this about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud, his promises are as worthless as a degree in trump University. Apparently those are now words th that, well, water under the bridge. The president focusing more on the school and gun violence for the irs of the week. Reporter: He is including tomorrow we are told the president will hold a listening session with students and teachers, high school students and high schoolteachers, no details from the white house as to exactly who will be here, but it will be a listening session at the white house with the president. Okay, Jon Karl, thanks very much.
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