A violent anti-press video was shown at a Trump-owned property in Miami over the weekend during a three-day conference put together by “American Priority,” a Conservative pro-Trump organization.
The violent and disturbing video shows Donald Trump’s face superimposed over the body of a man enacting a vicious end to many churchgoers.
The video uses the superimposed images of various media outlets, like Vox, NPR, PBS, CNBC and Politico on the churchgoers as the Trump stand-in brutally offs them with a gun and a spear.
Distressingly, the video also superimposes the faces of many of Trump’s political rivals, including Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Bernie Sanders, and even former president Barrack Obama.
What was Team Trump’s Explanation for the Violent Video?
American Priority and the various speakers at the conference were quick to distance themselves from the violent video. Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attended the event as a speaker, but stated “I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity and bringing the country together,” in an interview with the Times.
“I wasn’t aware of any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone.”
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for Trump’s reelection campaign, also distanced the campaign from the video. “That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence,” the spokesperson insisted.
Trump’s rhetoric has often been inflammatory and called for violence against political rivals and media outlets he dubs “fake news.”
Where did the Video Come From?
Since no one from Team Trump claims the violent video, where, exactly, did it come from? It played at a pro-Trump rally, after all, so it’s surprising that it wasn’t vetted before being aired. The video is an altered clip from the 2014 film The Kingsman: Secret Service, and depicts a secret agent disposing of a number of undercover operatives in a church.
American Priority alleges that the video was shown as part of a “meme showcase” that was composed of third-party submissions. This, however, raises the question of who had to sign off on the video before it could be shown before the guests. The video leaked to the public due to someone present taping it on their phone and forwarding it to an intermediary to leak to the Times.