The Trump campaign and others are lashing out at the Biden campaign for allegedly manipulating footage in a new campaign ad to make it look like people are laughing at President Trump.
The ad, called “Laughed At,” includes various segments aimed to make Trump look like an embarrassment on an international level.
The ad opens with a recently recorded “hot mic” moment of several world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emanuel Macron, allegedly discussing President Trump’s tardiness at a NATO summit.
Trump was late due to him wanting to host an unscheduled press conference upon landing in London. Trudeau, who participated in the presser and also arrived late to the summit, is seen discussing why he was late and said that Trump’s staff’s “jaws dropped to the floor” at the president’s request to hold the presser.
Fox News reports the ad then includes a doctored clip which is made to look like foreign heads of state directly laughing at President Trump:
The video, which is part of a scathing online ad the Biden presidential campaign released on Wednesday, depicts the audience at the UNGA laughing after Trump says, “My administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
While there were scattered chuckles after Trump made that statement in New York in September 2018, the audience only broke out into loud laughter after Trump remarked: “I didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK.” The Biden campaign ad moved up that laugh track so it played right after Trump’s boast about his record.
Here’s the Biden campaign ad:
And, the original footage of the clip in question:
Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh responded to the controversy in a statement to Fox News, saying: “The Biden campaign has been practically built around complaining about ads they claim are misleading. But then they drop this video that’s been deceptively edited– some would say doctored– so the hypocrisy is self-evident and staggering.”
Others complained about the footage as well.
So everybody's going to freak out about Biden's deceptively edited political ad and pressure platforms to remove/fact-check it, right? That's how it works, right? https://t.co/IU1ruM3q0i pic.twitter.com/YmXNKtxwiK
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) December 5, 2019
The Biden campaign claims their obviously edited footage was not, in fact, doctored in anyway.
Fox News reports Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, told the network: “It makes sense that Donald Trump would be triggered after re-living how the world has literally been laughing at him. But unlike when he doctored a hurricane map, retweeted a doctored video of Speaker Pelosi after she eviscerated him for abusing his office, or doctored a video of a CNN journalist, this is the real deal.”
The spokesperson continued: “He’s been humiliating our country on the global stage while undermining our national security and weakening our alliances, and the American people deserve a president who would restore our leadership in the world on Day 1.”
President Trump did not personally respond to the controversy but did tweet that people should not believe “anonymous sources” cited by mainstream media outlets—a general complaint about the ongoing impeachment effort.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
Do not believe any article or story you read or see that uses “anonymous sources” having to do with trade or any other subject. Only accept information if it has an actual living name on it. The Fake News Media makes up many “sources say” stories. Do not believe them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019