Trump ad asks people to support the troops. But it uses a picture of Russian jets.

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  one week ago  •  9 comments

Trump ad asks people to support the troops. But it uses a picture of Russian jets.
“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.”

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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.

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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.”

He noted the angle of the aircraft’s tail, the way the tail is swept far back, and the spacing of the engines, along with the tunnel between them.

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.

The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is run by both the Republican National Committee and the campaign. Most of the low-dollar and digital donations raised by the committee goes to the campaign.

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.

After this story was published, the creator of the image, Arthur Zakirov, confirmed in a Facebook message that it shows a 3D model of a MiG-29, and that the soldiers were Russian models. He said it was a composite photo created five years ago and taken in three different countries showing Russian sky, Greek mountains and French ground.

“This is a completely recreated scene from various photographs of mine,” said Zakirov, a 34-year-old oil company analyst and hobbyist photographer based in the Russian city of Perm, about 700 miles east of Moscow.

“Today you hear about the Kremlin’s hand in U.S. politics. Tomorrow you are this hand,” he joked, saying he found the fact that his photo ended up in a Trump fundraising ad “pretty funny.”

“Everything happened through inattention,” he said, adding that the campaign had “bad fact-checking.”

The MiG-29, a twin-engine fighter jet designed in the Soviet Union that first flew in 1977, is the Russians’ mainstay fighter jet and has been sold all over the world. It was developed during the Cold War specifically to counter American F-15 and F-16s, and the U.S. even obtained a few to play the adversary in war games. The planes have recently been   spotted at a Russian air base in Syria and also Libya .

Russia   has also exported them to a number of countries, including   North Korea ,   Syria ,   India   and   Uzbekistan . Iran also   acquired 68 of the MiG-29s   at the end of the Soviet Union. In 1997, the U.S. even   bought 21 “nuclear-capable” MiG-29 planes   from Moldova to keep them from getting in the hands of adversaries such as Iran.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment. The RNC declined to comment.

Politicians have gotten in trouble in the past for running ads or creating content that featured Russian or other countries’ military equipment. Last October, Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.)   tweeted a picture of the Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy   with the comment: “Happy birthday to the US Navy. To the men and women who serve to keep our waters safe, we thank you.” His office later took the tweet down.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago

How many hundreds of stupid people work for Trump anyway ? 

Or was this really a mistake" ?  Hmmm. jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one week ago
Or was this really a mistake? 

The answer to that is going to be in the response from the Trump campaign.

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
2  Dean Moriarty    one week ago

Brilliant move by the ad company. A minor detail that is now generating far more publicity than the ad would have otherwise. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Dean Moriarty @2    one week ago

lol. How does the additional attention flatter Trump? 

 
 
 
Dean Moriarty
2.1.1  Dean Moriarty  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    one week ago

I never would have seen the ad or the donate button if not for the free publicity you are giving the ad. They have raised close to three hundred and fifty million so far. https://www.opensecrets.org/jfc/summary.php?id=C00618371

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Dean Moriarty @2.1.1    one week ago

Joe Biden could use this mess as a campaign ad for himself. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one week ago

At the very least, this calls into question Trump's failure to address the bounty for American soldiers issue.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
4  Trout Giggles    one week ago

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I would have fired the dumbshit who created this ad.

 
 
 
devangelical
4.1  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    one week ago

meh, that dumbshit already has another job... ruling russia ...

 
 
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