As attacks against the U.S. press continue to mount, this one may be a new low.
During a right-wing conference last weekend at Trump Doral attended by Trump’s eldest son, his former White Houe press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the governor of Florida Ron DeSantis, conference organizers featured a vile “meme video” depicting Pres. Trump gunning down and stabbing a number of media outlets and political opponents, according to a New York Times report on Sunday.
It was a scene from Kingsman: The Secret Service, with President Trump’s face is superimposed onto that of the gunman in the fictional movie. The scene takes place in a church, and the parishioners who are killed in the scene are referred to as being members of the “Church of Fake News.” There are logos of various mainstream media outlets, and faces of Democratic party politicians are superimposed onto the faces of churchgoers.
Nearly every major news organization, with the glaring exception of Fox News, was featured in the video and were subsequently shown being violently murdered.
All of the high-profile parties involved are now claiming either they were unaware of the video, or didn’t think it was a big deal.
“Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” American Priority’s Alex Phillips, whose company put on the event, told the New York Times. “American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.”
Sarah Sanders attended the conference and spoke during a prayer breakfast at the venue, ironically, and claimed to have had no prior knowledge of the macabre video.
“I was there to speak at a prayer breakfast, where I spoke about unity and bringing the country together,” Sanders said. “I wasn’t aware of any video, nor do I support violence of any kind against anyone.”
Trump 2020 campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh attempted to distance the president from the clip: “That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence.”
Watch this at your own risk! It’s a pretty pathetic piece of content.