Harris referred to “the heat that ended up around bend-the-knee and Colin Kaepernick. Many smart people have said that actually was not a thing,” said the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. “The Russian bots started taking that on.” The Russians know that race is a particularly incendiary issue among the electorate, she noted. “We have to know when we’re being played,” she said.

Harris didn’t specify issues that the Kremlin may be targeting concerning her. But there was evidence of bot activity in a recent attack on her after her breakout performance in the Democratic presidential debate earlier this month.

She was criticized on social media by right-wingers who claimed she had no right to represent American blacks because her father was born in Jamaica. Certain messages were replicated word for word and posted several times which is often evidence of bot activity.