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The Lincoln Project's latest anti-Trump ad is entirely in Russian

Well, this is a new one. On Wednesday, the Republican operatives behind the Lincoln Project released another ad attacking President Trump — in fact another one tied to the growing scandal over Russian bounties for slain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, indirectly — though this one's a little different: It's entirely in Russian. In case you were curious, the ad "is actually in good Russian and voiced over by a good Russian actor," says Russian-born U.S. journalist Julia Ioffe.

The Twitter promo for the ad is in English, though. "Add 'America First' to the laundry list of scams Trump has sold in his life," the Lincoln Project tweeted. "It's clearly Trump first, Russia second, and America last." Not terribly subtle, but the ad, at least, is based on a true story.