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Watch Former Bush Ethics Lawyer Extinguish a Literal Dumpster Fire in His First U.S. Senate Ad

The unintentionally hilarious ad is raising eyebrows across the country.

Cable news viewers will recognize Richard Painter as the former Bush White House ethics lawyer who really, really hates President Donald Trump.

He's now running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota after recently making an official switch to the Democratic Party in a bid for the seat held by former Democratic Senator Al Franken. 

Painter's viral-ready ad may bring him to wider public attention in a way he hadn't intended. The unintentionally hilarious ad finds Painter standing in front of a dumpster that is literally on fire.

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

Painter doesn't elaborate on what part of the U.S. finds residents feeling personally enriched by actual dumpster fires.

When viewers assume this couldn't get more ridiculous, a waterfall descends from the sky as Painter explains, "There is an inferno raging in Washington. But here in the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes,' we know how to put out a fire.”

Watch the ad below.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.