Trump's shocking doctored video of two toddlers on racism sparks outrage: ‘Why use children as political tool?’
George Floyd's death has sparked protests all across the United States and President Donald Trump was criticized for his lack of empathy and poor leadership after he said he would unleash "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" on a group of peaceful protesters.
The entire fiasco has started a conversation about making society more inclusive as many celebrities and people have raised their voices against systemic racism. Amid all the ruckus, Trump posted a video to bash fake news. The one-minute clip begins with two toddlers running on a street and the breaking news ticker reads: "Terrified toddler runs from racist baby," and "racist baby probably a Trump voter." Soon, the video then shows "what actually happened" and the two kids can be seen lovingly running toward each other for a warm embrace as Harry Connick, Jr's song 'Close To You (They Long To Be)' plays in the background.
The video then ends by saying: "America is not the problem. Fake news is. If you see something, say something. Only you can prevent fake news dumpster fires." His tweet grabbed many eyeballs in a split second and has already collected over 70,000 likes and 30,000 retweets.
Sharing his tweet, author Don Winslow posted: "The President of the United States just sent out this tweet. We are beyond the Twilight Zone now. This is complete insanity."
Soon, the Internet went into a tizzy with memes and sarcastic comments about the clip. "You're not my President," one wrote and another said, "Please build that wall, crackdown on the left, and start winning the culture war!"
Pointing out how crass the captions in the video are, one Twitter user went on to say: "Why promote a video like this with such ridiculous chyrons? Why not put a headline on it saying, 'No one is born racist. It’s a learned behavior!'"
Another said, "WTF is this? Why are you using these children as a political tool?", while another said, "Only Donald Trump would use innocent children in a campaign ad. Shameful." One asked, "How is it that you manage to be more and more of an embarrassment every single day?"
However, many agreed with the president and said that fake news needs to end. "I’m absolutely voting for President Trump this November. Democrats want to take away our guns, take away our police, & make us defenseless. Who are you going to call if someone breaks into your home? I won’t be a victim," said one. Republican Candidate JT Lewis said, "Imagine how the Fake News Media will twist this tweet into something bad!" and added, "The Fake News is dividing our country worse than anyone or thing else! END FAKE NEWS!"