Meme of Trump Violently Defeating Fake News Condemned By White House
Viral video shows President violently attacking left-leaning media organizations
The recent viral meme video, featuring President Donald Trump violently defeating various "fake news" outlets and Democrats, has been condemned by the White House.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham wrote on Twitter on Monday:
“Regarding the video played over the weekend: The president has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video."
The meme uses a clip from a scene in the R-rated movie Kingsman with Trump's face on the lead character.
The video shows Trump violently attacking left-leaning media organizations, Democrats, and leftist activist groups.
The video was played during a celebration of memes at the American Priority Conference and Festival but faced backlash by the New York Times.
The event was attended by former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Reports describing a violent video played at a Trump Campaign event in which images of reporters & @JohnMcCain are being slain by Pres Trump violate every norm our society expects from its leaders& the institutions that bare their names. I stand w/ @whca in registering my outrage— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) October 14, 2019
Also you’d be screaming bloody murder if something like this was shown at an Adam Schiff or Obama event. So please for God’s sake just stop. This video is disgusting and disturbing and any human with any moral clarity sees that. https://t.co/3jU14QUnDQ— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 14, 2019
The White House Correspondents Association issued a statement on Monday:
"The WHCA is horrified by a video reportedly shown over the weekend at a political conference organized by the President’s supporters at the Trump National Doral in Miami.
"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.
"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"
Also expressing outrage was the McCain family, as former Sen. John McCain was also featured in the video.
In July 2017, Trump faced backlash for tweeting a clip showing him wrestling an opponent representing CNN.
The video appeared to be a modified version of a 2007 appearance by Trump at World Wrestling Entertainment's WrestleMania 23 promotion, in which Trump 'takes down' WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.