Viral Edited Video of Trump Flagged as Misinformation on Twitter

Headline Roundup September 7th, 2020

On Sunday evening, an edited clip of President Donald Trump went viral on social media. The 12-second clip, edited out of a 2019 C-SPAN interview with Trump, showed the president walking to a helicopter before stopping to point to a puddle on the ground outside of the White House. Some Twitter users tweeted the video along with comments that Trump looked "confused" and "disoriented." "Trump was simply walking back to wait for FLOTUS here," ABC reporter Will Steakin pointed out in a tweet. "This false tweet has over 23K retweets and the deceptively edited video has over 2 million views." On Monday, Twitter added a "manipulated media" tag to the video, and it was apparently taken down shortly after.

Voices from all sides of the political spectrum condemned the tweet as misinformation, calling it a "disservice to voters" when either side spreads false claims or misleading information.

From the Left
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A very misleading tweet characterizing President Donald Trump as being “lost and disoriented” and attributing it to “dementia” is being called out by journalists who say it is deceptive. Countless reactions have pointed out that the president was simply waiting for the First Lady ahead of boarding Marine One.

The original video clip posted to Twitter by Tom Joseph, which now has over 54,000 likes and over 25,000 retweets, floated that “Trump is lost & disoriented,” adding that “he’s deep into his degenerative neurological disease- Frontotemporal dementia- mindlessly lumbering and...

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From the Center
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President Trump spoke to reporters as he departed the White House for Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas to meet with shooting victims, victims' families, first responders, and police officers. He gave an update on meetings with lawmakers regarding legislative action to address mass shootings and gun violence.

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A video of President Trump walking toward a helicopter on the White House lawn then abruptly turning away that claims to show Trump is "deep into his degenerative neurological disease" has 2.7 million views on Twitter, although journalists were quick to point out the video leaves out key details.

Twitter on Monday added a "manipulated media" tag to the video, but allowed it to remain on the platform.

"Trump was simply walking back to wait for FLOTUS here," ABC News campaign reporter Will Steakin wrote on Twitter. "This false tweet...

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