The White House is responding today after Donald Trump posted a video of two toddlers that Twitter first marked as “manipulated video,” and later removed. In flagging the video, Twitter wrote “On Thursday, the president shared a version of the video which many journalists confirmed was edited and doctored with a fake CNN chyron.” The video on Trump’s Twitter feed showed a black child running from a white child with a fake CNN banner that read “Terrified todler (sp?) runs from racist baby.”
CNN originally showed the heartwarming viral video last September. In its real form, it showed the two toddlers hugging and was titled “what real-life besties look like.”
So why did Trump feel the need to show the doctored video? White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked that question today during the White House briefing, but couldn’t quite explain why two toddlers were exploited “to make a crass political point.”
Jim @Acosta: "Why is the president sharing fake videos on Twitter about two toddlers…it seems as though he's exploiting children to make some sort of crass political point? Why is he sharing fake videos?"@PressSec: "He was making a point about CNN specifically…." pic.twitter.com/zLxl95Zfmh
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 19, 2020
.@JukinMedia which represents the owner of the original viral toddler video—which @realDonaldTrump tweeted a doctored version of—says it’s submitted a copyright claim under DMCA asking @Twitter to take it down. pic.twitter.com/tZjE1xTDr2
— Scott Nover (@ScottNover) June 19, 2020
Facebook and Twitter on Friday removed a video posted by President Donald Trump’s account that had twisted a viral video of two toddlers after one of the children’s parents lodged a copyright claim.