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by Andrew Kirell, Mediaite.

The Republican candidate for U.S. House in North Carolina’s 6th district recently suggested that the United States military could use force in Mexico to prevent the flow of foreigners crossing the border with drug cartels.

During a GOP runoff forum in June, hosted by a Tea Party group in Rockingham County, Mark Walker was asked how he would secure the United States’ southern border.

“My first answer is we’re going to utilize the National Guard as much as we can,” he said in a video originally posted by liberal blog Daily Kos.

He continued: “But I will tell you, if you have foreigners who were sneaking in with drug cartels to me that is a national threat and if we’ve got to go laser or blitz somebody with a couple of fighter jets for a little while to make our point, I don’t have a problem with that either.”

An off-camera voice then asked him if he’d have “any qualms about starting up a little war with Mexico.”

His response: “Well, we did it before. If we need to do it again, I don’t have a qualm about it.”

Walker is a Baptist minister who came from behind to defeat GOP frontrunner Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff primary earlier this year. Both were vying for the nomination to replace retiring 30-year GOP Rep. Howard Coble. Most polling data currently available show Walker enjoying a lead over Democratic nominee Laura Fjeld.

Video of Walker’s remarks is below:

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Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)