If Richard Painter didn’t exist, and you tried to make him up, no one would believe it. He is a former George W. Bush ethics lawyer who has switched to the Democratic party and is running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.

His first campaign ad is a real dumpster fire. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s a real dumpster fire.

Jacqueline Thomsen writes at The Hill:

Richard Painter puts out ‘dumpster fire’ in first campaign ad

Minnesota Senate candidate Richard Painter (D) released his first campaign ad this week, likening Washington to a “dumpster fire.”

Painter, who previously served as White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush and switched political parties for the Senate bid, is first shown in the ad standing in front of a dumpster fire.

“Some people see a dumpster fire and do nothing but watch the spectacle,” Painter says. “Some are too scared to face the danger, or they think it will benefit them if they let it keep on burning.”

“Some of them shrug and say, ‘Oh, all this talk about dumpster fire, it’s just fake news,’” he continues.

“There is an inferno raging in Washington. But here in the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes,’ we know how to put out a fire,” Painter says, as water behind him extinguishes the flames.

Watch the ad below:

If you’ve ever seen this guy interviewed on TV, you may have wondered if he was real or a character being played by an actor. He’s also a rabid never-Trumper. Note the language here:

Almost a year ago, Professor Jacobson observed the following about Painter:

Stop taking Richard Painter seriously given history of outlandish statements and treason accusations

Richard Painter is the Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-wing activist group.

In December 2016, Painter replaced in the position of Vice Chair … wait for it … David Brock. Yes, that David Brock, the consummate Democratic oppo-research attack dog, leader of Media Matters, and now American Bridge. That David Brock was Vice Chair of CREW tells you everything you need to know about the group.

But you will almost never hear this part of Painter’s resume when he appears on TV, which he does quite often. You might hear that he’s a professor at U. Minnesota Law School. But most of all, you will hear that he is a former George W. Bush administration Chief Ethics Lawyer (2005-2007).

But in the age of Trump, his entree to TV commentary has been relentless Trump bashing — there is nothing the media loves more than someone who served in an Republican administration but now attacks Trump.

And Painter’s main TV role is to attack Trump in outlandish terms. I never heard of Painter — and I bet you never did either — until he started fulfilling the TV role of attacking Trump.

Painter is competing in the Democratic primary against Tina Smith, who was appointed to replace former Senator Al Franken.

Featured image via YouTube.