Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, posted a doctored Instagram video Sunday showing him scaring President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE at a rally.
"Want to really scare Trump? Help us show the strength of our campaign to defeat him—chip in before our fundraising deadline at midnight at the link in bio," Sanders posted on the account along with the video.
The actual incident in the video occurred when a man attempted to breach a security line during a Trump campaign rally in March 2016.
The man was stopped and the Secret Service surrounded Trump to protect him.
In the edited video, Sanders appears on the stage and startles the president.
The video was posted hours before the end of second-quarter fundraising.
The video, which is clearly not manipulated to appear as though Sanders was actually there, comes amid fear that doctored videos could effect the election.
“Deepfake” videos, which are created through the use of artificial intelligence technologies to manipulate original videos, entered the spotlight earlier this year after a slowed-down video of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE (D-Calif.) went viral.
While that video would not qualify as a deepfake, since it was slowed down with the quality of the audio changed and not manipulated using AI, it showed the dangers posed to politicians’ images by manipulated videos.