The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) on Sunday said it was “horrified” by a violent video depicting President Trump stabbing, shooting and impaling the media and top political opponents like former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican Sen. Mitt Romney, shown at a conference for his supporters at Trump’s Miami resort last week.
WHCA President Jon Karl issued a statement calling on President Trump to denounce the video following a New York Times report that said the video was shown at an American Priority event over the weekend at his Miami resort.
“The WHCA is horrified by a video reportedly shown over the weekend at a political conference organized by the President’s supporters at the Trump National Doral in Miami,” Karl said. “All Americans should condemn this depiction of violence directed toward journalists and the President’s political opponents.”
“We have previously told the President his rhetoric could incite violence,” Karl 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.”
The video, which is taken from a clip of the film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” shows Trump’s head superimposed on the body of a character going on a violent rampage inside the “Church of Fake News.”
Trump is depicted gunning down and stabbing people with the faces of his critics and media organizations’ logos superimposed onto them. Among the outlets featured in the video are Politico, The Washington Post, NPR and The Hill.
Donald Trump Jr., former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) were among those scheduled to speak at the American Priority conference.
Cindy McCain, the wife of late Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), condemned the video that depicted Trump opening fire on her late husband.
“Reports describing a violent video played at a Trump Campaign event in which images of reporters & @JohnMcCain are being slain by Trump violate every norm our society expects from its leaders and the institutions that bare their names,” Cindy McCain said on Twitter Monday morning.
“I stand [with the White House Correspondents’ Association] in registering my outrage.”
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