The Republican Party might just as well change their name to the Russian Party, because once again they’re using something they imported from Moscow.
The GOP’s video, “The Preamble to the Commitment to America,” opens with a narrator highlighting aspects of what it means to be an American.
“We celebrate the rich heritage of the American story and the vibrancy of the American Dream,” the voice says, over footage of a drilling rig at sunrise.
But this video snippet, an apparent nod to America’s natural resources, wasn’t filmed in America. It’s stock footage created by Serg Grbanoff, a filmmaker based in Russia.
There’s also a scene showing a little boy running in a field with a toy airplane in his hand. The words “Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are shown on the screen, an obvious reference to the Declaration of Independence, but the little boy likely wouldn’t have any idea what’s in that document because American history probably isn’t taught in Russian classrooms:
This clip was also created by Grbanoff, and also filmed in the Volgograd region. Here’s a screenshot of the image in the GOP’s video versus an original shot on Shutterstock’s website:
You might think the GOP would come clean and admit they screwed up, but instead, they tried to blame the messenger, with a spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) complaining:
Also interesting how the GOP since Trump took over can’t manage to do anything without bowing a knee to their real home back in the frozen tundra of Mother Russia.
If it walks like a traitor, talks like a traitor, and makes ads like one, it’s a traitor.