Trump campaign says “Support our troops” and uses images of Russian fighter

| September 15, 2020 | 21 Comments


Well this won’t help with the Russian collusion narrative…

Someone at the Trump campaign, specifically the “Make America Great Again Committee” used the above stock photo. It’s available on Shuttterstock under the title “Military silhouettes of soldiers and airforce against the backdrop of sunset sky.”

Anyone familiar with military aviation will recognize that those are not American jets. They’re Russian MiG-29s.

Politico found the creator of the original image;

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.”

Bad fact checking indeed. Must not be many vets or military aficionados working in the graphic arts or marketing sections of the MAGA Committee.

Source; Politico

Category: "Teh Stoopid", 2020 Election, Politics, Russia, Trump!, WTF?

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  1. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Someone gots some ‘splainin to do!!!

  2. Hack Stone says:

    Not excusing this screwup, but didn’t the Democrat Party do something similar a few years back with ship silhouettes?

  3. Combat Historian says:

    The demonrats used a massive stock photo of Russian naval warships to illustrate their “commitment” to national defense at the 2012 demonrat national convention, and of course the media gave them a pass for this massive fuck-up. Why do I have the feeling the media will not be so forgiving
    when it happens in a Trump campaign poster this time around?

    • Thunderstixx says:

      CH, how can I get in touch with you ???
      Ask Admin for my email address, I would really like to hear your opinions on WWII and other conflicts, Victor Davis Hanson and his books. I read as much as I can from him. He’s a walking encyclopedia on wars, rumours of wars and conflicts throughout history.
      I would also like to read some of the books you recommend.

      • Combat Historian says:

        I just emailed Admin a good valid email address for me, as the one they have on file for me is acting up and not working properly. You are welcome to contact me at the email address I just sent them.

  4. E4 Mafia '83-'87 says:

    A (now former) underling on the Trump campaign can’t tell a MiG from a Hornet/Eagle, and The Left will fall over themselves screaming “Russia!”. The actual Leftist candidate, Joe Biden, screws the pooch on a daily basis and they’re just “That’s Joe”. How about Joe using a teleprompter for his scripted answers to supposedly “live” questions and his campaign refusing to answer if it was true which means “Yes, of course that buffoon uses a teleprompter”. That’s fake news for ya!

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welp, here’s your sign. Or maybe, in this case, your poster. Proof that the Trump Campaign is colluding with the Ruskkies AND that Trump hates American Soldiers…and American photographers…and poster makers…and…and…and just give me a break.

    Yep, somebody screwed up, and nope, the demonrats will ride this til it becomes a dead horse too.

    The MAGA Campaign really needs to hire a few of us d’weeds/weedettes for….reasons.

  6. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    I thought we bought some MiG-29s from Germany or Poland, evaluated them and and used them as exercise aggressors for a while.

    Retired them too,if I recall. Too expensive and lots of down time.

  7. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Commie bastards spilling over into everything of late…if it’s not the Russkies it’s the damn Chinese…

  8. Thunderstixx says:

    Oh yawn…….
    Another tempest in a teapot….

  9. Roh-Dog says:

    Guaran-gd-tee that the Resident ‘Muh Russia Comspearahcy’ “Expert” at PMSNBC will be recreating the scene from The Exorcist over her new-found talking point joygasm.
    Might even break out a new pair of glasses for the occasion.

  10. Graybeard says:

    Danger of stock photos and non-military/uninformed design artists.

    Kinda like the picture of the cute young thing holding a soldering iron in an electronic device – by the metal of the iron.

  11. penguinman000 says:

    The Dems scream Russia is a threat. The Repubs scream China is a threat.

    Finally, a moment in time when both parties are correct.

  12. Slow Joe says:

    This is crazy!
    Now all those vets and active duty losers are going to vote for Joe Biden!!!!

  13. rgr1480 says:

    Heck, I sure didn’t notice. They all look like fighter jet aeroplanes to me.

    Bet I’m not the only one, either …. everybody else is just keeping quiet. (^___^)

  14. ChipNASA says:

    I wonder maybe, not getting too deep here and my personal initial thought is that Thunderstixx, Graybeard, 5th/77th FA, E4 Mafia ’83-’87 and probably all of you others here….yeah, probably some flunky that didn’t know better and just google imaged the quickest “HURRAH ‘MURICKA!!!” image they could find but, in this day and age of WTF OMG BBQ!!!, can you imagine if, just if, and it makes me giggle, the thought that this was completely done intentionally by them as a complete and entirely subtle troll on everyone?
    That would be delicious…we’ll have to wait and see.
    Embarrass Trump? Nah, he’s tooo Queens boy.

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