Do you remember the Russian comedians who prank called Adam Schiff and claimed they had “pictures of naked Trump?”
Well, they are back.
This time, self-labeled socialist Bernie Sanders was the target of their call.
A pair of Russian YouTubers claim that they have nabbed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in another prank call from a pair posing as Greta Thunberg and her father, according to their latest video.
The video opens with an individual who sounds like and identifies himself as Sanders, one of the frontrunners in the Democrats’ presidential primary, asking to speak with Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist who was named TIME Person of the Year. “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,” he says.
“We would like to help you, in your campaign in some way, what is the best thing to do?” the woman pretending to be “Greta” says after a few minutes of general discussion of climate change.
The person identifying himself as Sanders responds: “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. You are admired very, very much.”
He then asks her if she is planning to be in the United States in the next few months. The “father” responds they will be there in February.
“Well, that’d be great, but if you wanted to make a statement in support of our plan and my candidacy, I would be very appreciative,” the person who sounds like Sanders says. “We can bring some folks together with you, and we can have a wonderful meeting if that’s something you are interested in.”
He mentions her making a statement in support of his candidacy and his plans on climate change.
The Russian prank call with Sanders went beyond climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
The pranksters also suggested that Sanders collaborate with pop stars Billie Eilish and Kanye West. Sanders still didn’t realize it was a prank and said, “That would be terrific… Rap music is very popular. We have a number of rap artists working hard on our campaign.”
The video in its entirety can be viewed here:
The Sanders campaign has yet to issue a statement on the video.
It is unclear when the video was recorded, but it was released on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
It wasn't until the prank callers attempted to "activate" a KGB ritual that Sanders realized something was off.
The conversation then turned to Russia and what advice Sanders could give to ‘Greta’ if she were to visit the country (like he did thirty years ago). He said she should be careful not to be used by Moscow for publicity and that he believed Russia was “bad on climate change.”
The pranksters then turned to discussing the differences between communism and socialism and whether Sanders thought he had been recorded by the KGB during his trip to Yaroslavl.
It culminated with ‘Greta’ making an outlandish claim that Sanders had been brainwashed and turned into a Manchurian candidate-style sleeper agent and that it was time for her, a Russian agent herself, to activate him with a code phrase. Sanders then ended the call.
Will another Democrat candidate be pranked by these Russian comedians?
Only time will tell!