President Donald Trump mocks Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as a “low IQ person.”
Maybe he’s got a point.
The 81-year-old career politician — who has been calling for Trump’s impeachment since the day he took office — appears to have been tricked by Russian pranksters into thinking she was talking to Greta Thunberg, who reportedly claimed she had dirt on Trump.
The pranksters, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who go by the stage names Vovan and Lexus, recently posted a video of them talking to a woman, who identified herself as Maxine Waters in the audio. One pretends to be Greta, the other to be her father.
The conversation begins with the fake Greta telling Waters that she is in North Carolina at a climate summit calling for the protection of the fake “Chon-Go-Chango” islands.
“Chon-Go-Chango?” Waters asks. “That island is particularly threatened?”
“Yes,” fake Greta says.
The fake Greta then asks Waters to make some comments to the meeting, and the California Democrat does so, praising Greta.
Then the Russian playing Greta tells Waters that she had a meeting with Trump at the United Nations back in September.
“It was a really terrible meeting in the U.N. building in September with him. And I had nightmares afterwards. It’s terrible,” fake Greta told Waters. “I saw him in the hallway. He was with security and I shouted at him, ‘Sign the Paris Climate Agreement again!’ He came over, he leaned in towards me, and said softly, ‘Listen carefully to me, little girl. You will never achieve your goal, like the congressional goal, trying to accuse me.'”
“He said you will never achieve your goal? Oh my goodness.” Waters said, sounding shocked. “Did you ask him if he would rethink signing the Paris Climate Agreement? Is that your question to him?”
“Yes, yes,” one of the Russians said. “He added that … ‘You know what? I’ll tell you the truth. I really wanted to push the Ukraine president to put my competitor on trial.'”
Her fake father then joined in.
“[Trump] said to her, ‘You know, little girl, nobody believes you anyway, I will tell you the truth. I really pushed on Ukrainian president and you know that you will never achieve your goals like those congressional fools who accuse me,” the fictional parent told Waters. “So nobody will believe you. You will be on trial like my competitor.”
“Oh, my God! He mentioned Ukrainian president?” Waters asked.
“Yes, he said that,” the Russian said. “And he added, ‘Nobody will believe you anyway.'”
The fake father said his daughter had a recording of her exchange with Trump, adding that “he pushed on the Ukrainian president. I think he didn’t expect that we have a record of that.”
That prompted Waters to ask: “Are you going to be in Washington anytime soon? I want you to come meet with me in Washington.” And she added about the recording: “Well, you bring it to me. You tell me what day you can get there and we’ll arrange to meet with you as quickly as we can. … I will make myself available whenever you get there.”
It wasn’t the first time the Russian pranksters tricked a lawmaker. The radio hosts once told Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that the Kremlin had naked photos of Trump, Fox News reported. They also told the California Democrat that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn “had met with another Russian to talk about how to prevent the photos from going public.”
“So, you have recordings of both [Russian journalist Ksenia] Sobchak and [Russian model and singer Olga] Buzova where they’re discussing the compromising material on Mr. Trump?” Schiff asked the callers, who were pretending to be Andriy Parubiy, the former speaker of Ukraine’s parliament.
“Absolutely,” one of the pranksters says.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 29, 2019
“Well, obviously we would welcome a chance to get copies of those recordings,” Schiff said later in the call after he and the fake “Parubiy” go on to discuss more details of the bogus allegations.