The ad begins with Trump driving past RT HQ in a limousine and waddling around in a locker room that has the “Donald Trump: RT Special Host” sign on the door. Proudly holding a signed RT contract on which is written “$ 1,000,000,000” in marker pen, the rigged Trump says, “That was a very nice offer from President Putin.”
The message of the announcement is to not so subtly suggest that Putin is Trump’s personal hero and that the US president is in the pocket of the Kremlin. In a scene apparently intended to show a network executive presenting Trump-rigged shows, he handed over a poster for a series called “Putin’s Apprentice” showing him alongside the Russian president. He exclaims: “I love this idea! I think I can do this!
All the things put on the trick Trump’s mouth appear to be things he actually said, although the context is obviously very different. For example, the character says, “It’s an amazing country, you know, so many friends in Russia, and I’m so excited to be here. This appears to be from a 2013 interview when he took Miss Universe to Moscow.
At another point, when the character of Trump apparently praises the Kremlin for the generous benefits he pays it, he says, “They are very nice. I earn a lot of money with them. They pay me millions and hundreds of millions. These comments are taken from a campaign rally in 2015, when Trump was praising Saudi Arabia.
Then the fake Trump stumbles over the walls of the Kremlin in Moscow and shouts, “Ohhhhhh! Here is a beautiful one, here is a beautiful one. A big wall, and no one builds walls better than me. Unsurprisingly, Trump said this in 2015 when reviewing his own unfinished border wall. Likewise, when he is seen walking out of the canteen confidently with his lunch tray, Trump’s character insists that Mexico is going to pay for it.
The Trump character also criticizes CNN for using one of the president’s many rants against the non-state propaganda network, saying, “How would I fight against such dishonest news? How to fight a journalist or a totally dishonest network? CNN is, you know, 100% negative. ”
In the only part that uses a voice other than Trump’s, the commercial ends with the character singing Kino’s 1980s Russian rock song “Peremen”, which recently became a hymn for anti-government protests in Belarus. . It has also been sung during anti-Putin protests in Russia, although some Putin supporters have adopted it as well.
While the announcement is clearly intended as mischief on RT’s part, it is nonetheless a disturbing example of how the Kremlin views the impending election, and this is just the latest example of Russian state media. treating Trump like Putin’s pawn-in the vote.
The Daily Beast reported last week that state media is openly supporting Trump and salivating at the prospect of a post-election civil war. Imagining such a conflict, a columnist for RIA Novosti recently wrote: “Better to stay neutral, but if we had to choose, then Trump is definitely ours.”
Plus, apart from the atrocious hairpiece, RT’s deep-fake tech is pretty impressive at first glance. If Russian disinformation damaged the election so badly four years ago, imagine what a faked video of Joe Biden saying something unacceptable could be if it spread like wildfire on Facebook before any correction. can be heard.
In a press release celebrating his video, RT wrote: “If all does not go well for Donald Trump at the ballot box on November 3, then don’t worry Mr President, just get on a plane to Moscow because there is a pending job. you. “