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A Fake Trump Massacre Video Causes a Ruckus

Shown by supporters, it depicts the president killing members of the media, other critics
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
President Trump speaks in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – In 2017, President Trump took flak for tweeting a fake video that depicted him beating up the CNN logo. Now, some supporters have created a far more violent fake video, one that depicts Trump massacring or otherwise attacking members of the media and other critics—including John McCain, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Rosie O'Donnell, reports the New York Times. It was shown at a conference at Trump's Doral Miami resort last week and is an edited clip from a 2014 dark comedy, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Trump pulls out a gun in the "Church of Fake News" and shoots people who have the logos of news organizations for heads. He also beats and stabs people, and drives a stake into a head that is the CNN logo. The video is drawing widespread condemnation, including from the group behind the conference, American Priority.

“Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” said organizer Alex Phillips. Spokespersons for Sarah Sanders and Donald Trump Jr., speakers at the event, also denounced it, as did Cindy McCain, O'Donnell, CNN, and the White House Correspondents Association, among others. "We call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society," Jonathan Karl of the WHCA said of Trump, per CBS News. The video includes the logo for Trump's 2020 campaign, but spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the "video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence." (A Reddit user behind the 2017 CNN video apologized.)

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