‘Tacit Endorsement of Violence’: White House Has Yet to Condemn Edited Video Showing Trump Gunning Down Media and Political Opponents

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An edited video depicting President Donald Trump gunning down his political opponents and the media inside a church was reportedly played to a conference of his supporters last week at the Trump National Doral Golf Resort in Miami, drawing outrage from journalists and others who condemned the clip as a blatant incitement to violence.

The New York Times, which obtained footage of the clip being shown at the pro-Trump conference, reported late Sunday that the video “shows Mr. Trump’s head superimposed on the body of a man opening fire inside the ‘Church of Fake News’ on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies.”

The video is an edited scene from the 2014 film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and contains a logo for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

Among those targeted in the video are Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Black Lives Matter, Politico, and CNN.

As of this writing, the Trump White House has yet to condemn the video. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Times they did not see the video played at the conference.

Watch the video, which apparently originated from the right-wing account “TheGeekzTeam”:

(Warning: Graphic content.)

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said “the video of a mass shooting by the president inside a church is reminiscent of the Charleston shooting. Executing members of the media is reminiscent of the Maryland newsroom shooting.”

“This video is racist and hateful,” said Watts, “and it’s flabbergasting that it was shown at Trump’s resort.”

In a statement, CNN said “this is not the first time that supporters of the president have promoted violence against the media in a video they apparently find entertaining—but it is far and away the worst.”

“The images depicted are vile and horrific,” said CNN. “The president and his family, the White House, and the Trump campaign need to denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms. Anything less equates to a tacit endorsement of violence and should not be tolerated by anyone.”

Jonathan Karl, president of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA), called the video “vile and dangerous.”

“All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the president’s political opponents,” Karl said in a statement late Sunday. “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.”

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scorpio57
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scorpio57

Just continue doing what you do best drumpf and you will lose the 2020 election by a landslide!!!!!!

Rutokin
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Rutokin

This is disgusting and so wrong I’m writing this at 8:37am and still not a single word from the infantile in cheif or his staff ,you’ve got to wonder if he would endorse this in some demented, sick kinda way

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Trump was probably in on it. And Sarah Sanders probably not in on it. Doesn’t follow what she does. But the chances that Don Jr. isn’t somewhere in this is somewhere between slim and none. This is the kind of thing the son would do. Then come out sometime later with crocodile tears saying he’s so sorry and he’s looking for the producer. They are condemning the Bidens and they are the poster family for corruption.

Leah J
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Leah J

Absolutely disgusting and wicked on every level. That violence best speaks for these nutjobs, just proves they have little in the way of brains or intelligence. The WH should be condemning this evil video. The WH, with it’s silence, is approving of this twisted, bloody video.

Phyllis
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Phyllis

Trump and his gop crews work. Has their signature all over it