A group of Russian pranksters claim that they tricked Democratic Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders into believing he was talking to climate-obsessed teen celebrity activist Greta Thunberg, going so far as to coax him into asking for a public endorsement.
The professional jokers and YouTube celebrities, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov (who go by Vovan and Lexus on their respective platforms) impersonated Thunberg and her father with what is believed to be Senator Bernie Sanders.
“I just wanted to congratulate you on the extraordinary role you are playing in rallying young people and people throughout the world on this terrible, terrible crisis of climate change,” said “Sanders.”
Following a buttering up in the form of criticizing President Donald Trump, “Thunberg” attempts to get “Sanders” to accept their assistance in getting him elected.
“We would like to help you, in your campaign in some way,” the impersonator said.
“Well if you would like to help in our campaign that would be wonderful, and we would be very appreciative because you have generated so much excitement among young people and all people throughout the world,” replied “Sanders.”
According to the International Business Times, “Sanders” even considered “Thunberg’s” suggestion of making a rap video.
“That would be terrific,” he said in response to the idea. “Rap music is very popular. We have a number of rap artists working hard on our campaign.”
Eventually, “Thunberg” brings up the time Sanders chose the USSR as the location of choice for his 1988 honeymoon.
When “Sanders” confirmed this, “Thunberg” took a strange conversational turn, suggesting he was a Soviet sleeper agent.
“Is this what you believe?” asked the alleged Senator.
“You become a sleeper agent of the KGB”, the Thunberg impersonator suggests. “Now it’s time to wake up and fulfill your mission: become President of the United States, build communism in the United States, and work for Russia. I will tell you the code phrase and you will remember.”
the two Russians began to babble nonsense, prompting “Sanders” to hang up.
While the Russian comedy duo have become well-known for pranking Democratic lawmakers Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, the authenticity of the call with Sanders cannot be confirmed at this time.
If authentic, however, the notion of requesting endorsement from foreign entities could prove a tricky navigation point for the Sanders campaign.
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