A tweet of President Donald Trump's has been flagged on Twitter for a third time.
The President was mocking the so-called "fake news media" outlet CNN's coverage. Using footage that shows a Black toddler running in front of a White baby, the (misspelled) chyron in the video reads:
"TERRIFIED TODLER RUNS AWAY FROM RACIST BABY."
The video then cuts to "what actually happened," and features the two toddlers running to embrace.
The clearly doctored video was flagged by Twitter as "manipulated media."
The interaction between the two toddlers comes from an already viral video that many have used in the past to prove that racism must be taught.
CNN accurately covered the video in 2019.
You accuse CNN of running a fake video of black and white children hugging in the street, but CNN actually ran the real video of these kids back in September. You're the one spreading fake news. And exploiting these children for your political benefit.pic.twitter.com/9Ky5y6Nyin
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 19, 2020
Twitter flagged Trump previously for glorifying violence after he tweeted "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" about protesters in Minneapolis after George Floyd's murder by police. Before that, Twitter flagged him for tweets making false claims about mail in voting and voter fraud.
The irony that Twitter flagged a video decrying fake news for being actual fake news wasn't lost on anyone.
Trump's video claiming there's too much “fake news" going around was flagged by Twitter as “manipulated media" I'm DEAD bro pic.twitter.com/0UlUMqbzZD
— juno (@junotheleafs) June 19, 2020
WTF HAHAHHAHA trump tweeted a video abt CNN and the dangers of fake news and twitter flagged the tweet for being actual fake news😭😭 am I awake https://t.co/C9gcBV9oXY
— kelsey smith (@ksmitty1919) June 19, 2020
The video was fake. CNN didn't show it. That's why Twitter flagged it. The president literally tweeted fake news (ironically to warn us about fake news).
— JL Summerfield (@JLSummerfield) June 19, 2020
Creating fake news to complain about fake news.
— Barney Panofsky's Best Intentions (@mynamesnotgordy) June 19, 2020
People mocked Trump for the misspelling in the chyron.
what is a "todler?"
— brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. (@MsPackyetti) June 19, 2020
Todler? You wrote that chyron? pic.twitter.com/Nepl83370a
— Jamie Schler (@lifesafeast) June 19, 2020
You know it's real because of how they spelled "todler."
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 19, 2020
It didn't sit right with people that the President was dragging toddlers into a political fray over a video that was intended to be heartwarming.
WTF is this? Why are you using these children as a political tool?
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 19, 2020
Only Donald Trump would use innocent children in a campaign ad. 🙄 Shameful,
— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) June 19, 2020
Eeeeeer he is literally using a child's innocence to deflect away from white racism.
— Jemadiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh! (@JemadiahRed) June 19, 2020
At the time of this writing, the President has tweeted or retweeted eight times in the past hour.