A video that shows a person with the face of Donald Trump shooting and wildly assaulting members of the press and political opponents was shown during an event for supporters of the president, organized by an organization of followers and held at a hotel owned by Trump the last week.
It was a three-day event, produced by the pro-Trump American Priority organization at the Trump National Doral hotel, in which the participation of the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., was scheduled, as well as that of the export speaker Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.
The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, has assured on Twitter this Monday that the president had not yet seen the video but that "based on everything he has heard, he strongly condemns it." The president has not mentioned anything about it in the various tweets he has published since, on Sunday, The New York Times made the news, after receiving a video recording being displayed at the event.
The most violent part of the video, which includes the Trump reelection campaign logo, is a modified scene from the movie Kingsman: Secret Service (Matthew Vaughn, 2014). To the original sequence, which recreates a massacre in a church, Trump's face has been added superimposed on that of the shooter who opens fire on the parishioners, and media logos or portraits have been placed on the faces of the victims of critics of the president. The church of the film has been renamed in the video as "Church of the false news."
Although I'm loath to share it, here’s THE video (shown at conference for his supporters at his own resort) depicting Trump shooting his enemies. I only share because folks should see where these people are at these days … pic.twitter.com/pA34lNVxk1
– The Randy Report (@randyslovacek) October 14, 2019
The president has been a real crusade against the media critical of his figure since the White House arrived. He constantly refers to them, on Twitter, in his rallies or in his appearances, as "false news media" or "corrupt," and he often comes to call them "enemies of the people." He usually disqualifies his professionals live in all his appearances before the press. His attacks, which have already included videos of a similar but not so violent tone in the past, have intensified with the opening of the impeachment investigation, a constitutional impeachment process that the president describes as a "witch hunt" and of which the media is responsible.
The organizer of the event in Miami, Alex Phillips, acknowledged in a statement that the video was shown as part of a "memes exhibition." He says he was referred by a third person and did not enjoy the support of the organizers. "American Priority rejects all political violence and tries to promote a healthy dialogue on the preservation of freedom of expression."