Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger fell for a fake news prank in retweeting the Ghost of Kyiv pilot as Samuyil Hyde, a reference to American comedian Sam Hyde.
The long-running prank of blaming unknown mass shootings and other news events on Sam Hyde was quickly applied to the Ukrainian pilot who reportedly shot down six Russian planes last week.
— Chas DiPietro (@BvilleChas) February 28, 2022
Kinzinger, known for voting to impeach Trump after Jan. 6 and serving on Pelosi’s commission to investigate the event, has now deleted the tweet.
“The #ghostofkyiv has a name, and he has absolutely OWNED the Russian Airforce. Godspeed and more kills, Samuyil! QT @RaulBrando: Ukrainian Ace-fighter Pilot known as the “Ghost of Kyiv”, real name is Samuyil Hyde,” Kinzinger tweeted in part.
The Russian invasion has included a wide variety of misinformation reports across social media and traditional media sources as part of the attacks.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 27, 2022
The example with Kinzinger is one of many in the ongoing effort by Russia to show strength as it struggles in its battle with Ukraine.