Gee, do you think they’re trying to send a subliminal message to us or to Vladimir Putin? Trump has been called Putin’s ‘Useful Idiot.’
A digital ad released by a fundraising arm of the Trump campaign on Sept. 11 calling on people to “support our troops” uses a stock photo of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons.
The ad, which was made by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, features silhouettes of three soldiers walking as a fighter jet flies over them. The ad first appeared on Sept. 8 and ran until Sept. 12.
“That’s definitely a MiG-29,” said Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force. “I’m glad to see it’s supporting our troops.”
Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, confirmed that the planes are Russian MiG-29s, and also said the soldier on the far right in the ad carries an AK-74 assault rifle.
And the photo was easily identified.
The image in the ad is a stock photo available on Shutterstock.com with the title “Military silhouettes of soldiers and airforce against the backdrop of sunset sky.” The creator of the image, named “BPTU,” says they are based in Andorra, but did not respond to a Facebook message.
And it isn’t the first time this has happened, so they can’t just blame the use of stock footage.
“Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, confirmed that the planes are Russian MiG-29s, and also said the soldier on the far right in the ad carries an AK-74 assault rifle.https://t.co/yW9ksnrx5j
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) September 15, 2020
Once could be a mistake. Twice might be incompetence. Three times feels like his operation is being run from Moscow. pic.twitter.com/vXWDA0DtQS
— Schooley (@Rschooley) September 15, 2020
Support our Troops while Russian MiG-29 fighter jets fly over their heads! pic.twitter.com/BfenJ7v2vJ
— NOVA🌟 (@SuCoFo1) September 15, 2020