President Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to poke fun of CNN reporting—and it worked.
Sharing a video of two toddlers, one white and one black, the president showed how covering a story at a certain angle changes it completely.
In the alleged CNN version, the white toddler is chasing the black boy and the chyron reads, “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby.”
More context is included in the actual scene, shown immediately after. The extended scene shows the two boys playing.
Check it out:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
The tweet is marked with a “Manipulated Media” warning on Twitter and several people were subsequently outraged by it.
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Here's how CNN actually covered this video https://t.co/tzW7YbygBw
— Adrian D. Garcia (@adriandgarcia) June 19, 2020
So @POTUS just tweeted a fake, suggesting @CNN covered these toddlers like this. In reality this is how CNN reported this in 2019: Internet falls in love with these two toddlers hugging https://t.co/ydsxu8lTOC https://t.co/FHC7TgQeMo
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) June 19, 2020
#POTUS #Trump re-tweets a bizarre race-baiting video that clearly #FakeNews uses the #CNN logo and words-on-screen.
Here's the #FactsFirst story, as reported by @CNN's @KendallTrammell last September👉🏾https://t.co/veduBDXPk0 https://t.co/yf9yCIy2u5
— Alphonso Van Marsh (@AlphonsoVM) June 19, 2020
The President of the United States has published a forged CNN video with obviously fake chyron text that never, ever happened. https://t.co/sTsAOZm0bF
— Tony Webster (@webster) June 19, 2020
This isn’t even CNN’s typeface. https://t.co/LM0wkiiXeR
— Ted Johnson (@tedstew) June 19, 2020
The two boys went viral last year when one of their father’s posted the kind-hearted video.
Good Morning America reported last year: “Maxwell and Finnegan are inseparable, Michael Cisneros, Maxwell’s father, told ABC News. The boys, who are 2 years old, have only known each other for about a year.”
Here’s more on the duo:
Cisneros said they are partners in crime.
“When they are away from each other, they are always asking about one another,” he said. “They go to music class together, Dana Banana (a weekly music event) and they love to dance — both are excellent dancers.”
Cisneros said the boys also play tennis with Finnegan’s parents, who bought them gear to use.
More than 3,000 people have seen the video of Maxwell and Finnegan hugging. The reaction from people on Facebook? Keep spreading the love.