An edited fight scene from the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service was played at an American Priority conference last week, with President Donald Trump's face placed over Colin Firth's character, Harry Hart, as Hart slaughters a group of bad guys in a church. The faces of the villains are replaced by political enemies of Trump, including President Barack Obama and the logos of networks, newspapers and websites viewed as "enemies" of Trump.
The American Priority Festival was held last week at Trump's own National Doral Miami. The conference was designed to be a more Trump-centric alternative to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as the president's former Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, were both in attendance at the festival.
In the film, Firth's Hart character is tracking the film's villain's connection to a hate group at a church in the South when the bad guy (played by Samuel L. Jackson) activates mind control devices in the phones of everyone at the church, directing them all to kill Hart. Hart has to fight his way through the church, killing at least three dozen people in the process. In a "internet meme" section at the Festival, the scene became Trump killing his various "enemies" in both politics and in the media, ending with Trump putting on sunglasses and a Trump 2020 logo presented on the screen.
CNN, the last "person" killed in the video, has released a statement denouncing the video. "Sadly, this is not the first time that supporters of the President have promoted violence against the media in a video they apparently find entertaining -- but it is by far and away the worst. The images depicted are vile and horrific. 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."
Subsequently, White House spokesperson Stephanie Graham released a statement expressing that President Trump, while not having seen the footage "strongly condemns the video" based on what he has heard of it.
Comedian Kathy Griffin, who appears in the video, also decried the video, tweeting, “I’m depicted as being murdered by The President of the United States in this video. The left, right & center left me hanging out to dry regarding the Trump mask photo. Please don’t let it happen again. No, this video isn’t a joke to his followers. And it will not be taken as such.”