A video shared by President Donald Trump on Twitter has been labeled a manipulated clip and the situation is getting a big response. The footage featured Democratic candidate Joe Biden playing a song on his phone, but the music was cut out and replaced with another song to present a very different message than what actually happened.
The doctored clip was originally posted by an account called “The United Spot.” The president retweeted it late Tuesday night, adding a note suggesting that he wanted to know what was going on in the video. He posted the transformed clip on his Twitter page again on Wednesday morning, adding a new caption.
“China is drooling. They can’t believe this!” Trump wrote.
The video has now been labeled “misleading media” by the site and the Washington Post explained the issue with it.
On Tuesday, presidential candidate Joe Biden did an event in Florida. At one point, he pulled out his phone and played a snippet of the Luis Fonsi song “Despacito.” That moment went viral. However, the clip the president retweeted was not of that moment as it played out. The footage that Trump retweeted replaced “Despacito” with a portion of the 1988 NWA protest song “F*ck tha Police.” The altered video, which can be seen below, contains graphic language and may not be appropriate for some viewers.
What is this all about? https://t.co/AAmBGgHhyR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
Based on the Twitter discourse, it appeared that many Trump supporters thought the moment played out as the doctored video showed. However, many Biden fans did their best to defend the candidate.
“Poor choice for his token music selection… NOT appropriate for general audiences. And his follow-up is almost unintelligible. This man is a train wreck!” wrote one person in response to the morning retweet.
“The same guy that always screams ‘fake news’ is constantly retweeting manipulated videos, lies & conspiracy theories. His sheeple eat it up like it’s Sunday dinner too!” a Trump critic said.
“This is horrific, rap music with using racial slur and he’s enjoying it…..he’s never shown empathy or doing anything to help minorities! Very mental sick man,” replied another Biden critic on Tuesday evening.
“It’s about you retweeting doctored video. Not at all surprising, but infuriating just the same,” blasted another frustrated person.
As of Wednesday afternoon, both of Trump’s shares were still on his page, although the clip itself did have the “manipulated media” tag under it. The late-night tweet has been liked more than 135,000 times and shared more than 45,000 times. The morning reshare had about 64,000 like and 21,000 retweets.
This is not the first time that Trump has shared content that was later classified as doctored.