A video which takes the brutal church massacre scene from the film “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and uses it for a U.S. political message has drawn widespread condemnation.
According to The New York Times, the video was shown last week at an American Priority conference for Trump supporters held at Trump’s golf resort in Florida. The President wasn’t in attendance but the likes of Donald Trump, Jr. and Sarah Huckabee Sanders were set to speak there.
The video reportedly depicts the scene from the film and superimposes Trump’s face onto the Colin Firth character. The church he enters is labelled ‘Church of Fake News’ and the victims he slaughters via various methods have their faces replaced by news organization logos like CNN, the Washington Post, Politico and NPR along with Trump’s political opponents like Bernie Sanders, Adam Schiff, Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. Also depicted are his Republican critics like Mitt Romney and John McCain.
Press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted on Monday morning: “Re: the video played over the weekend: The @POTUS @realDonaldTrump has not yet seen the video, he will see it shortly, but based upon everything he has heard, he strongly condemns this video.” The White House Correspondents’ Association also asked Trump “to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society.”