President Donald Trump shared an edited video of Democratic nominee Joe Biden making it seem as though the former president summoned N.W.A.’s “F*ck tha Police” from his phone. In reality, the clip is derived from Biden enjoying the tune “Despacito” after being released in a Latinos to get Biden occasion by that track’s contributor, Luis Fonsi.
As documented by CNN reporter Sarah Mucha, Biden had been kicking off Latinx Heritage Month at Florida if he approached the podium following Fonsi’s introduction. Biden informed the audience, “I just have one thing to say.” He then started playing “Despacito” — Fonsi’s smash-hit 2017 tune — and bobbed his head combined, smiling. Biden cut on the sound, stating, “I tell you what: If I had the talent of any one of these people, I’d be elected president by acclamation.”
Just after midnight Wednesday, Trump retweeted an edited version of the clip that substituted “Despacito” using a clip from”F*ck tha Police,” the mythical N.W.A. jam. Trump added his own comment to the doctored clip, composing, “What is this all about?”
Twitter has labeled the tweet fostered by the president “manipulated media,” an apt alliteration for Trump’s habit of fostering bogus news. The president’s penchant for obscuring, warping, or ignoring the fact was on display once more. It’s not initially Twitter has implemented this tag to something which ended up on Trump’s Twitter feed. )
In June, as Black Lives Matter protests swept the country, the president tweeted a video of a modified CNN clip to assault the news media. As TechCrunch reported, a CNN clip of “two toddlers…showing us what real-life besties look like” has been manipulated to make it seem as though a CNN chyron under a chunk of a white kid pursuing a Black kid read”TERRIFIED TODLER [sic] RUNS FROM RACIST BABY.”
As CNN reported, the video was finally removed because of a copyright claim by the parents of one of those toddlers. But before this, the BBC reported, Twitter gave the video a “manipulated media” warning, a first for a presidential discussion.
Trump has tweeted additional edited videos too. In 2019, he published a clip depicting yard signs from a world where he is an eternal president, an edit of a Time magazine video to get a cover story about the lasting legacy of Trump’s politics. In 2017, he shared with a real clip of himself in an WWE professional wrestling event, but the individual he had been assaulting from the clip had their face covered up with the CNN logo.
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