A pair of Russian YouTubers claim in which they have nabbed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in another prank call coming from a pair posing as Greta Thunberg along with also her father, according to their latest video.
The video opens with an individual who sounds like along with also identifies himself as Sanders, one of the frontrunners inside 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 along with also people throughout the globe on This particular terrible, terrible crisis of climate change,” he says.
“We might like to help you, in your campaign in some way, what is usually 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 might like to help in our campaign in which might be wonderful, along with also we might be very appreciative, because you have generated so much excitement among young people along with also all people throughout the globe. You are admired very, very much.”
He then asks her if she is usually planning to be inside the United States inside the next few months. The “father” responds they will be there in February.
“Well, in which’d be great, however if you wanted to make a statement in support of our plan along with also my candidacy, I might be very appreciative,” the person who sounds like Sanders says. “We can bring some folks together with you, along with also we can have a wonderful meeting if in which’s something you are interested in.”
He mentions her generating a statement in support of his candidacy along with also his plans on climate change.
The pranksters then suggested in which Sanders collaborate with them along with also singer Billie Eilish along with also Kanye West on a “rap video.”
He responded, “in which might be terrific… Rap music is usually very well-known. We have numerous rap artists working hard on our campaign.”
The pair suggests in which Sanders wear “gold chains along with also jewelry” along with also dance in front of fancy cars for the video, prompting a laugh coming from the man on the phone.
The conversation then turns back to a serious note, as the pranksters say they are going to Russia to discuss climate change, along with also the man identified as Sanders gives them advice on what to say to Russian leaders.
The callers then bring up Sanders’ 1988 honeymoon in Moscow along with also unsuccessfully bait him that has a question on whether America can be led into “communism.” They suggest in which he make former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg his running mate inside the 2020 election.
He responds that has a chuckle, “OK, well, I will take in which under advisement.”
Towards the end, the pranksters suggest in which Sanders was “recruited along with also programmed to work for Russia” during his 1988 trip to the Soviet Union. “Your memory was erased so the CIA wouldn’t track you down,” she continues.
“is usually This particular what you believe?” the man purported to be Sanders responds. “You become [sic] a sleeper agent of the KGB, yes,” the Greta actress says. “right now This particular’s time to wake up along with also fulfill your mission: become President of the United States, build communism inside the United States, along with also work for Russia. I will tell you the code phrase along with also you will remember.”
The pair then begin speaking gibberish, telling the man, “Russian hackers will begin an operation to bring you to power inside the United States.”
At This particular point, the person identifying himself as Sanders hangs up, according to the video presentation.
The Russian pranksters are YouTubers Vladimir Kuznetsov along with also Alexey Stolyarov, who go by the names Vovan along with also Lexus. They became famous inside the U.S. for tricking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) into seeking nude pictures of Trump, along with also recently tricked Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) twice.
They tricked Waters into believing in which “Greta” along with also her father had a taped confession coming from Trump admitting to the exact charges in House Democrats’ articles of impeachment which passed in late December.
The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.