A fake doctored video portraying President Donald Trump fighting and killing journalists, media outlets and political rivals was shown at a three-day conference held by a Pro-Trump organization known as American Priorty over the weekend of Oct. 12. at the Trump National Doral Miami, Florida.
The video is a parody of a scene from the 2014 movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, which depicts a violent and crazed massacre inside a conservative, right-wing church.
Dubbed the “Church of Fake News,” Trump’s head along with political rivals, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and former Senator, Secretary of State and 2016 presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton (D-NY) were accompanied by various media organizations which have been critical to the Trump Administration, such as CNN, The Washington Post, Politico, PBS, NBC and NPR in the video.
Shortly after the initial reporting of the video done by The New York Times, it was revealed that several high ranking officials of the Trump Administration, including the President’s son Donald Trump Jr., former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) were scheduled to speak at the conference. As of now, both Trump Jr and Sanders have denied witnessing the video.
On Monday, Oct. 14, current White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham released a statement on Twitter.
“The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video,” tweeted Grisham.
Following this, The White House Correspondents’ Association called on Trump to publicly denounce the video.
“The WHCA is horrified by a video shown over the weekend at a political conference organized by the President’s supporters at the Trump National Doral in Miami,” said Johnathan Karl, president of the association, in a released statement. “All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the President’s political opponents.”
“We have previously told the President his rhetoric could incite violence,” said Karl. “Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society”.
According to the organizer of the event, Alex Phillips, the clip had been apart of a “meme exhibit” held by the conference where videos and images were submitted and showcased.
“Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” said Phillips. “American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.”
The video depicts a scene where Trump walks down the aisle before stopping in front of a man superimposed with the Black Lives Matter logo and shooting them in the head. The video continues with Trump striking Senator John McCain in the head, stabbing television personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face and striking Representative Maxine Waters before lighting Democratic Presidential rival Senator Bernie Sanders head on fire.
As the video continues many of Trump’s political rivals from both sides of the aisle, television personalities, news outlets, activist groups, and even former Presidents Barack Obama (D-IL) and Bill Clinton (D-AR) and shown.
The video concludes with Trump at the altar smiling with content as he overlooks the destruction.