Outrage is building in Washington as the news circulates that a video depicting the president committing the mass murder of his political enemies was recently played at a conservative event at his Doral golf resort in Miami, Florida.
The video shown at the three-day American Priorities conference depicts an edited church massacre scene from the film “Kingsman: the Secret Service.” President Trump’s head has been superimposed on the shooter as he guns down people with the superimposed heads of his critics and the logos of media corporations.
Took all of 5 seconds to find that horribly violent "Trump kills fake news" video on YouTube and Facebook. One YouTube clip has 87,000+ views pic.twitter.com/HCYeY6aJU3
— Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) October 14, 2019
The video meme is a deeply disturbing manifestation of the president’s constant attacks on the free press and their denigration as “biased” and “fake” for their insistence on accurately covering his endless crimes and assorted scandals. The president himself has tweeted similar, if less violent and inflammatory, video memes from his own Twitter account, including one showing him beating “CNN” in a wrestling match.
The event organizers are predictably claiming ignorance and condemned the video. “Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity. American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review” said event organizer, Alex Phillips.
CNN slammed the video in a powerful Twitter response.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 14, 2019
While Trump himself was not present, his son Don Jr., Florida governor Ron DeSantis, and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made appearances at the conference. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tepidly offered up a condemnation on Twitter:
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 14, 2019