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By: Jeanine Santucci – usatoday.com – October 14, 2019

The White House says President Donald Trump hasn’t seen the violent video edited to depict him carrying out a massacre of news organizations and political opponents, but he does condemn the contents being reported.

The statement comes as questions about the video and its use continue to swirl and as the people “killed” in the video continue to react.

The fake video was played at a conference hosted by a pro-Trump group at his Miami resort last week, according to a report in The New York Times. It includes the logo for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

In the edited scene from the film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Trump as the face of Colin Firth’s character enters a “Church of Fake News” and opens fire on members of the congregation.

The churchgoers have various news organizations’ logos or the faces of Democratic lawmakers and other critics superimposed onto their bodies.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Monday morning that the president has not yet viewed the video, but condemns its contents based on reports. She said he will see it shortly. Trump has not directly responded.

Trump’s character shoots, stabs and sets fire to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, among others.

Cindy McCain
Reports describing a violent video played at a Trump Campaign event in which images of reporters & @JohnMcCain are being slain by Pres Trump violate every norm our society expects from its leaders& the institutions that bare their names. I stand w/ @whca in registering my outrage
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The video also shows House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is currently involved in pursuing the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

Several news outlets are depicted being killed in the rampage, including Politico, NPR, HuffPost, The Washington Post, Slate and CNN.

The White House Correspondents’ Association and CNN called on Trump to denounce the video.

“We have previously told the President his rhetoric would incite violence. Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society,” Jonathan Karl, the president of WHCA, said in a statement.

“The President and his family, the White House, and the Trump campaign need to denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms. Anything less equates to a tacit endorsement of violence and should not be tolerated by anyone,” a CNN statement reads.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday evening, “Last year, a Trump supporter sent bombs to CNN – and a shooter entered a church yesterday. This video isn’t funny. It will get people killed.

Carol Leonnig 
I cannot repost the “Trump as mass murderer” video. How low are we going to go? How much lower can we bear?
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Jonathan Karl 
The video reportedly played this weekend at a conference organized by the President’s supporters at Trump National Doral is vile and dangerous. Here is my statement on behalf of @whca
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Brian Stelter 

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