During a conference, last week at Donald Trump’s Doral, Miami golf resort a video depicting a macabre scene of a fake Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the media as well as his political opponents was shown.
The three-day conference had some of Trump’s most vocal allies in attendance including his son, Donald Trump Jr., Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. The conference was held by American Priority a pro-Trump organization.
The video was played for the conference attendees and included Trump’s 2020 campaign logo. The violent video included Trump’s head superimposed on a body of a man who opened fire inside the “Church of Fake News” on parishioners who have the faces of his critics or the logos of media organizations superimposed on their bodies. The New York Times reported that the edited scene appeared to be a church massacre from the 2014 dark comedy film “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”
An individual who attended the conference took a video of the clip with their cell phone and sent the video to a New York Times reporter.
On Sunday the organizer of the event stated that the clip had been played at the conference, saying it was part of a “meme exhibit.” He said he had no previous knowledge of the clip and denounced the video. He added that the organization was looking into how it ended up being shown at the event.
“Content was submitted by third parties and was not associated with or endorsed by the conference in any official capacity,” said the organizer, Alex Phillips. “American Priority rejects all political violence and aims to promote a healthy dialogue about the preservation of free speech. This matter is under review.”
An individual close to Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. said that Trump’s son was unaware that the video had been played. Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that she was unaware of the video’s existence until a Times reporter contacted her.
“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.”
A spokesman for Trump’s campaign said he knew nothing about the video.
“That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence,” said Tim Murtaugh, the spokesman.
The “Church of Fake News,” scene in the video shows parishioners rise as Trump dressed in a black pinstripe suit and tie walks down the aisle. Many parishioners’ faces have been replaced with the logos of news media organizations, including PBS, NPR, Politico, The Washington Post, and NBC.
Once Trump reaches the middle of the church he stops and pulls a gun out of his suit and begins a graphic rampage. As the parishioners try to flee Trump opens fire at them. Trump shoots Black Lives Matter in the head and also shoots Vice News.
Some parishioners try to apprehend Trump, but he fends them off and makes his way toward the altar. Along the way, he wrestles a parishioner with a Vice News logo as a face to the ground and then shoots the person at point-blank range. Former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey can be seen in the background trying to getaway.
Trump then attacks a range of his critics.” he strikes the late Arizona senator John McCain in the back of the neck. He hits the television personality Rosie O’Donnell in the face and then stabs her in the head. He strikes Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California. He lights the head of Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential rival, on fire,” The New York Times reported.
Trump takes Senator Mitt Romney hostage before throwing him to the ground. Then he strikes former President Barack Obama in the back and throws him against a wall.
Also appearing in the video are Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Bill Clinton; the film producer Harvey Weinstein; and Representative Adam B. Schiff.
The video ends with Trump putting a stake into the head of a person with a CNN logo for a face. Trump then stands on the altar, admiring his rampage, and smiles proudly.
On Friday during a rally Trump said that there was an “unholy alliance of corrupt Democrat politicians, deep-state bureaucrats, and the fake news media.”