Journalists condemn ‘Trump Kills Media’ video


Over the weekend, The New York Times discovered an appalling, violent YouTube video, created by a pro-Trump group called The Geek Z Team, that depicts President Donald Trump stabbing, shooting and impaling the media and top political opponents, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney.

The Times reports the graphic and racist video played at Trumps’s Miami resort during a three-day conference which was held by the pro-Trump group, American Priority.

The video is a digitally altered version of a scene from 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and inserts Trump’s head on the body of the shooter as well as media logos and the faces of Democratic rivals on the victims.

The fake Trump strikes the late Senator John McCain in the neck, hits and stabs Rosie O’Donnell in the face, lights Senator Bernie Sanders’ head on fire and targets people whose faces are replaced with news outlet’s logos.

Other targets include: Former President Obama, Black Lives Matter, California Democratic Representative Maxine Waters, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Adam Schiff, Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee leading the impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump.

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

The White House Correspondents Association said it was “horrified” by a violent video and has called on President Trump to denounce the video against journalists immediately. “The WHCA is horrified by a video reportedly shown over the weekend at a political conference organized by the President’s supporters at Trump National Doral in Miami,” said the statement from President Jonathan Karl on Sunday.

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Monday morning, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said via Twitter that Trump will see the video shortly and that, “based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video.”

Journalists were very quick to react according to The Wrap. Karl, who is also ABC News’ Chief White House correspondent, called it “dangerous” on Twitter.

CNN issued a statement calling on Trump to condemn it: “The president and his family, the White House and the Trump campaign need to denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms,” the network said in a statement. “Anything less equates to a tacit endorsement of violence and should not be tolerated by anyone.”

This is not the only video created by the pro-Trump and racist Geek Z Team. One trip to their YouTube channel and you will see multiple videos of this kind. Here is one that takes a scene from Netflix’s The Punisher and essentially does the same thing:

A statement on the Twitter account for American Priority called the video “unauthorized” and said it was shown in a side room. “The video was not approved, seen, or sanctioned by the #AMPFest19 organizers,” it says. It goes on to criticize the Times for not reporting on “any of the sanctioned events in the article.”

Reel 360 and Reel Chicago join other media outlets in the condemnation of this vile video.

SOURCE: Multiple