Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was caught in a prank by Russian YouTubers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov.
The pranksters were posing as Greta Thunberg, the young environmental activist, and her father.
The video begins with the voice of Sanders, who is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, asking to speak with Greta Thunberg.
Sanders said, “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.”
The woman pretending to be “Greta” speaks of climate change but the asks Bernie “We would like to help you, in your campaign in some way, what is the best thing to do?”
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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 pranksters then suggested that Sanders collaborate with them and singer Billie Eilish and Kanye West on a “rap video.”
He responded, “That would be terrific… Rap music is very popular. We have a number of rap artists working hard on our campaign.”