Amid an uproar over an animated video that shows Donald Trump shooting members of the press and political opponents inside the “Church of fake n*ws,” the White House said the president had not yet seen it but “strongly condemns this video.”
Video played at Trump resort during pro-Trump conference
A conference was held over the weekend at Trump National Doral Miami by American Priority, a pro-Trump group.
During the event, an animated video mash up-meme was reportedly shown, according to the NYTimes, who obtained the footage. The source material for the video appears to be an edited scene taken from the 2014 film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in which a church massacre is occurring.
During scene retitled the “Church of Fake N*ws,” the doctored clip shows people being massacred, and characters are shown with logos of major media including CNN, Huffington Post, CBS, CNBC and Politico, as well as, political opponents such as former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
Event Organizers Claim They Weren’t Aware of the Video
American Priority, the organizers of the event, claimed they were not aware of the video nor had they seen it prior to being contacted by the NYTimes.
“This video was not approved, seen, or sanctioned by the #AMPFest19 organizers,” the spokesperson said. “The organizers of #AMPFest19 were not even aware of the video until they were contacted by the New York Times.”
Additionally, the White House Correspondents Association also issued a statement.
“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,” the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Jonathan Karl said.
“All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the president’s political opponents.”
Trump says whistleblower must testify and be identified
President Donald Trump again reiterated on Monday that the unknown whistleblower at the center of the impeachment requiring must testify and be identified.
Trump tweeted: “Adam Schiff now doesn’t seem to want the Whistleblower to testify. NO! Must testify to explain why he got my Ukraine conversation sooo wrong, not even close. Did Schiff tell him to do that? We must determine the Whistleblower’s identity to determine WHY this was done to the USA.”
Trump, in another tweet, wrote: “Democrat’s game was foiled when we caught Schiff fraudulently making up my Ukraine conversation, when I released the exact conversation transcript, and when Ukrainian President and the Foreign Minister said there was NO PRESSURE, very normal talk! A total Impeachment Scam!”
It should be noted that the transcript released by the White House included a notation that stated it wasn’t the full transcript.