[Marxism] Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 14 06:27:43 MDT 2019


NY Times, Oct. 14, 2019
Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His 
Resort
By Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman

WASHINGTON — A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump 
shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media and 
his political opponents was shown at a conference for his supporters at 
his Miami resort last week, according to footage obtained by The New 
York Times.

Several of Mr. Trump’s top surrogates — including his son Donald Trump 
Jr., his former spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the governor of 
Florida, Ron DeSantis — were scheduled to speak at the three-day 
conference, which was held by a pro-Trump group, American Priority, at 
Trump National Doral Miami. Ms. Sanders and a person close to Mr. 
Trump’s son said on Sunday that they did not see the video at the 
conference.

The video, which includes the logo for Mr. Trump’s 2020 re-election 
campaign, comprises a series of internet memes. The most violent clip 
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. It appears to be an edited scene of a church massacre from the 
2014 dark comedy film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

The disclosure that the video was played shows how Mr. Trump’s 
anti-media language has influenced his supporters and bled into their 
own propaganda. Mr. Trump has made attacks on the news media a mainstay 
of his presidency, and he tweeted a similar — but far less violent video 
— in 2017. In recent weeks as he has confronted impeachment proceedings, 
he has ramped up his attacks on the news media, repeatedly calling it 
the “enemy of the people.”

A person who attended the conference last week took a video of the clip 
on his phone and had an intermediary send it to a reporter for The 
Times. Parts of the video were posted on YouTube in 2018 by a user with 
a history of creating pro-Trump mash-ups.

The organizer of the event said in a statement on Sunday that the clip 
had been played at the conference, saying it was part of a “meme 
exhibit.” He denounced the video and said his organization was looking 
into how it was shown at the event.

“Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or 
endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” said the 
organizer, Alex 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.”

Organizers declined to say exactly where at Mr. Trump’s resort the video 
was shown.

A person close to Mr. Trump’s son said he was unaware that the video had 
been played at the conference. Ms. Sanders said she was unaware of the 
video’s existence until a Times reporter contacted her.

“I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity 
and bringing the country together,” Ms. Sanders said. “I wasn’t aware of 
any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone.”

A spokesman for Mr. Trump’s campaign said he knew nothing about the video.

“That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone 
violence,” said Tim Murtaugh, the spokesman.

A DeSantis spokeswoman did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The video depicts a scene inside the “Church of Fake News,” where 
parishioners rise as Mr. Trump — dressed in a black pinstripe suit and 
tie — walks down the aisle. Many parishioners’ faces have been replaced 
with the logos of news media organizations, including PBS, NPR, 
Politico, The Washington Post and NBC.

Mr. Trump stops in the middle of the church, pulls a gun out of his suit 
jacket pocket and begins a graphic rampage. As the parishioners try to 
flee, the president fires at them. He shoots Black Lives Matter in the 
head, and also shoots Vice News.

Some of those in the church try to apprehend Mr. Trump. He fends them 
off and makes his way toward the altar, knocking over several pews. He 
wrestles a parishioner with a Vice News logo as a face to the ground and 
then shoots the person at point blank range. In the background, the 
former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, is seen trying to get away.

 From there, Mr. Trump attacks a range of his critics. He strikes the 
late Arizona senator John McCain in the back of the neck. He hits the 
television personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face and then stabs her in 
the head. He strikes Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of 
California. He lights the head of Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic 
presidential rival, on fire.

He takes Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, hostage before 
throwing him to the ground. Then he strikes former President Barack 
Obama in the back and throws him against a wall.

Others shown in the video include Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; former 
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Bill Clinton; the 
film producer Harvey Weinstein; and Representative Adam B. Schiff, the 
California Democrat who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee 
is overseeing an impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump.

The clip ends with Mr. Trump putting a stake into the head of a person 
with a CNN logo for a face. Mr. Trump then stands on the altar, admiring 
his rampage, and smiles.

The video is similar in style to one Mr. Trump tweeted in July 2017, in 
which he is shown at a wrestling match body slamming CNN’s logo and 
beating it up. The president was roundly criticized for encouraging 
violence against journalists by posting that clip, but his supporters 
enjoyed it, and helped make the tweet viral.

Throughout his 2016 campaign and presidency, Mr. Trump has sought to 
demonize the news media, partly out of frustration about the coverage of 
his administration and partly because he likes to have an opponent to 
target. Mr. Trump has also sought to undermine confidence in the 
mainstream media, some of his advisers acknowledge privately, to make 
people doubt the accuracy of less favorable accounts of what goes on in 
his administration.

The president said at a rally on Friday that there was an “unholy 
alliance of corrupt Democrat politicians, deep-state bureaucrats and the 
fake news media.”



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