Vi­o­lent par­ody video shown at Trump re­sort

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

WASH­ING­TON — A graph­i­cally vi­o­lent par­ody video, shown at a meet­ing of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s sup­port­ers at his Mi­ami re­sort, de­picted a like­ness of the pres­i­dent shoot­ing and stab­bing his op­po­nents and mem­bers of the news me­dia in a church, The New York Times re­ported Sun­day.

In the video, Trump’s crit­ics and me­dia mem­bers are por­trayed as parish­ioners flee­ing his grue­some ram­page. The fake Trump strikes the late Sen. John Mc­cain in the neck, hits and stabs TV per­son­al­ity Rosie O’don­nell in the face, lights Sen. Bernie San­ders’ head on fire and shoots or oth­er­wise as­saults peo­ple whose faces are re­placed with news or­ga­ni­za­tion lo­gos.

The video was shown last week at an Amer­i­can Pri­or­ity con­fer­ence at Trump’s Do­ral Mi­ami re­sort, the news­pa­per said. Trump was not there. Event or­ga­nizer Alex Phillips told the Times the video was played as part of a “meme ex­hibit” and was not as­so­ci­ated with or en­dorsed by the con­fer­ence “in any of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity.” ‘’Amer­i­can Pri­or­ity re­jects all po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence,” he said, and is look­ing into the mat­ter.

The video in­cludes the logo for Trump’s 2020 cam­paign but Tim Mur­taugh, spokesman for the re-elec­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion, told the Times the “video was not pro­duced by the cam­paign, and we do not con­done vi­o­lence.”

The set­ting for the mas­sacre is the “Church of Fake News,” cap­tur­ing Trump’s fa­mil­iar re­frain about news sto­ries and or­ga­ni­za­tions that he con­sid­ers to be fake news.

In the video, Trump’s face is su­per­im­posed on a killer’s body as he shoots peo­ple in the face and oth­er­wise as­saults them. Among the tar­gets: for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Black Lives Mat­ter, Demo­cratic Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters, Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton and Rep. Adam Schiff, who as Demo­cratic chair­man of the House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee is lead­ing the im­peach­ment in­quiry of Trump.

Late Sun­day, the White House Cor­re­spon­dents As­so­ci­a­tion is­sued a state­ment say­ing it was “hor­ri­fied” by the video.

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