Fake video of Trump stabbing, shooting opponents said shown at his Miami resort
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Fake video of Trump stabbing, shooting opponents said shown at his Miami resort

US president’s re-election campaign denies connection to video of his likeness violently assaulting political rivals and members of the media at ‘Church of Fake News’

US President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, October 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
US President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, October 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON — A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of US 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 senator John McCain in the neck, hits and stabs TV personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face, lights Senator 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.

A screenshot from the video “Church of Fake News” depicting a likeness of US President Donald Trump shooting and stabbing political rivals and members of the media. (Screen capture: YouTube)

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 Representative Maxine Waters, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Representative Adam Schiff, who as Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is leading the impeachment inquiry of Trump.

CNN, The Washington Post, BBC, PBS, NBC and Politico are among the news organizations depicted as victims of the fake Trump’s violent fury.

The White House declined immediate comment.

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