GOP Senate hopeful Kari Lake uses archival footage of Russian troops in campaign ad vowing to ‘secure our border’

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Russian soldiers marching in a victory parade. Clips of the footage were used by Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake in a campaign ad promising to deploy the National Guard to secure Arizona’s southern border (Screenshot/Shutterstock)

Senate candidate Kari Lake’s latest campaign ad in Arizona featured a promise to “secure our borders” – standard policy for a Republican running in a border state – but her ad had the unusual feature of featuring Russian soldiers.

The Trump-backed GOP candidate’s video includes archival footage of Russian soldiers marching in a victory parade, HuffPost reports.

In the video, a narrator promises Ms Lake will “deploy the National Guard to secure our border”, while showing footage of Russian soldiers marching in formation.

The images are still available on the Shutterstock image site. The caption for the footage states that the video is from “Novosibirsk, Russia, June 24, 2020: Victory Parade”.

Ms. Lake’s Democratic rival, Katie Hobbs, took the opportunity to castigate the Republican.

“If Kari Lake can’t identify a uniformed member of the Arizona National Guard from a Russian soldier, she has no business leading our brave men and women as governor,” he said. she declared. The signal from the heart.

Republicans have been caught using stock footage from different countries in ads in the past. In September, the House GOP’s “Commitment to America” ​​video featured footage from Russia and Ukraine.

In this video, a narrator says the GOP celebrates the “rich legacy of American history and the vibrancy of the American dream” in footage of an oil rig. The platform was located in the Volograd region, according to the man who shot the footage. He said HuffPost that another of his scenes, which depicts a boy running through a field with a toy airplane, was also filmed in Russia. Clips of a grocery store and a farmer were also shot elsewhere in Europe.

Even former president Donald Trump isn’t immune to a snafus of archival footage. In 2016, one of his campaign advertisements evoked illegal immigration and showed scenes filmed in Morocco.

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