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Mark Sanford hit a potentially disastrous speed bump on his comeback trail Tuesday night, when The Associated Press reported that the congressional candidate trespassed at his ex-wife Jenny Sanford’s home.

According to court documents obtained by the AP, Jenny Sanford caught her ex-husband — attempting to use his cellphone as a flashlight — at a rear door of her Sullivan’s Island home on the night of February 3rd.  This violates the couple’s divorce settlement, which states that neither party can enter the other’s home without permission. The Sanfords’ marriage infamously imploded in 2009 after Mark Sanford, then the governor of South Carolina, disappeared from public view for five days before reappearing and admitting to an extramarital affair.

The complaint alleges that this was not the first time that Sanford has trespassed on his ex-wife’s property, stating that Mark Sanford “entered into a pattern of entering onto plaintiff’s property. Plaintiff has informed defendant on a number of occasions that this behavior is in violation of the court’s order and has demanded that it not occur again.”

On Wednesday, Mark Sanford issued a statement claiming that he merely wanted to keep his son company on Super Bowl Sunday.

“I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14-year-old son because as a father I didn’t think he should watch it alone,” Sanford said. “Given she was out of town, I tried to reach her beforehand to tell her of the situation that had arisen, and met her at the back steps under the light of my cellphone when she returned and told her what had happened.”

As a result of the incident, a judge has ordered Sanford to appear for a court hearing in May — just three days after the special U.S. House election for South Carolina’s 1st district, in which Sanford will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Jenny Sanford, who reportedly declined an offer to run her ex-husband’s campaign, claims that she did not leak the court documents to the press.

“I am doing my best not to get in the way of his race,” she told the AP. “I want him to sink or swim on his own. For the sake of my children I’m trying my best not to get in the way, but he makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing.”

It’s hard to overstate how disastrous the trespass could be for Sanford, who has built his entire campaign around a theme of Christian redemption. If voters determine that Sanford is harassing his ex-wife — who has long been significantly more popular among South Carolinians than the former governor — then that narrative would instantly go up in smoke.

As Esquire’s Charlie Pierce put it, “Apparently, the former governor believes that ‘forgive us our trespasses’ is an appeal for a kind of general amnesty.”

Even without the trespassing, there was reason to believe that Sanford was in trouble; early polling found Colbert Bush with a narrow lead, despite the district’s strong Republican leanings. Now that Sanford’s marital troubles have reappeared in the headlines, his campaign may not be able to recover.

UPDATE: It appears that the Republican Party has run out of patience with Sanford. A National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman has told Politico that the party will not spend any additional money on Sanford’s campaign, saying “Mark Sanford has proven he knows what it takes to win elections. At this time, the NRCC will not be engaged in this special election.”

AP Photo/Bruce Smith, File

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.)