During the American Priority Conference at President Donald Trump’s resort in Miami, a group of Trump supporters was shown a violent video depicting Trump shooting, stabbing, and otherwise murdering people and publications perceived to be his political enemies.
According to the officials at the conference, the video was in no way authorized or sanctioned by them, but was instead played by attendees in a side room.
Watch the graphic video below.
5. As much as I hate to post this, given how much people are talking about this story, and that it involves the president’s club, his supporters, and an organization that supports him, here’s the video in question: pic.twitter.com/qqtllitsIP
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 14, 2019
The video sparked massive outcry after going viral on Twitter the weekend after the conference. Soon, the White House Correspondents’ Association rebuked it in an official statement calling on Trump to condemn its contents:
WHCA Statement on video depicting President Trump murdering journalists. pic.twitter.com/52lHFaQjU2
— WHCA (@whca) October 14, 2019
“All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the President’s political opponents,” the statement read. “We have previously told the President his rhetoric could incite violence.”
The statement continued:
“Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham addressed the video on Twitter, assuring that Trump hadn’t seen it but would likely condemn it.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) October 14, 2019
At the same time as Grisham’s statement, the President was endorsing former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars.
Vote for good guy @seanspicer tonight on Dancing With The Stars. He has always been there for us!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019
Soon, some of those featured in the video began speaking out.
Im depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video.The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such. https://t.co/uxikv4fAT0
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 14, 2019
Reports describing a violent video played at a Trump Campaign event in which images of reporters & @JohnMcCain are being slain by Pres Trump violate every norm our society expects from its leaders& the institutions that bare their names. I stand w/ @whca in registering my outrage
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) October 14, 2019
As did other journalists.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: it’s only a matter of time till a journalist is murdered by a MAGA type. This is sick stuff from the pro-Trump brigade: https://t.co/8Ptj1EFDNc
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 14, 2019
Dear God something has to be done about this! This is vile and dan! @realDonaldTrump created this atmosphere. People can not be afraid to speak out against this! WE THE PEOPLE ARE STILL FORMING A MORE PERFECT UNION. Start forming it now! SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT!!!! https://t.co/2NPb9oPqTR
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) October 14, 2019
I can’t even find the words save for shame on every American who still supports this murderous pig. https://t.co/wiHNvk3alF
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) October 14, 2019
This video is uniquely problematic. It can’t be captured in writing. People need to be shocked to their core, to be reminded this CAN get worse and IS getting worse.
And while our freedoms are under attack, we still all have the right to scroll past tweets we don’t want to see. https://t.co/C70XZ34sC1
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) October 14, 2019
The makers of the video and tangentially Trump himself have been accused by the videos’ viewers of possibly inciting violence. Trump frequently refers to the press as the “enemy of the people.” Cesar Sayoc, a Trump supporter inspired by the President’s rhetoric, sent multiple bombs to the President’s perceived enemies last year.