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- Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to share a video meme created by an Infowars-contest winner.
- The video, which was created by Twitter user @CarpeDonktum, essentially mocks the reactions of Democrats who attended the 2019 State of the Union Address while “Proud to Be an American” plays in the background.
- The clip originally featured an REM song called “Everybody Hurts,” and was shared by the President on Friday, February 15.
- According to CNBC, the band’s publisher asked Twitter to remove the original video, and REM bassist Mike Mills said on Twitter that “measures have been taken to stop it.“
- Trump has shared other controversial clips in the past, including anti-Muslim hate videos, and has been widely criticized for doing so.
President Donald Trump isn’t letting copyright violations stop him from sharing memes on Twitter.
On Saturday, February 16, Trump took to the social-media platform to share a video meme created by Twitter user @CarpeDonktum. The video mocked the reactions of Democrats who attended the 2019 State of the Union Address while “Proud to Be an American” played in the background.
Trump shared the video after an earlier version of the video was removed from Twitter yesterday.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2019
The original video featured a 1992 song called “Everybody Hurts” by REM
According to CNBC, the band’s publisher and a lawyer from Universal Music Group asked Twitter to remove the video that featured the REM song.
REM bassist Mike Mills also spoke out against the use of the song in the meme. On Twitter, the musician said that “measures have been taken to stop it.”
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) February 15, 2019
By Saturday morning, Twitter users were reportedly unable to play the video. Instead, the clip displayed an error message that said “This video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”
Twitter user @CarpeDonktum questioned why Twitter removed the video
In his tweet, the meme creator said that “copyrighted material gets used all the time on the internet.”
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Rawr Rawr Rawr.
Copyrighted material gets used all the Time on the internet. REM has monetized every video on YouTube where I use their music… This tweet will actually MAKE them money. As to Twitter… they can have all of the $0 I make on it.
— Carpe Donktum???? (@CarpeDonktum) February 15, 2019
Prior to creating this meme, @CarpeDonktum achieved online recognition for winning Alex Jones’ NPC Meme contest in November 2018. According to a report from The Verge, the video implies that liberals “are unable to partake in regular conversations and rely on robotic rhetoric to function properly.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has shared controversial videos on Twitter
In November 2017, Trump retweeted a string of anti-Muslim videos that were originally posted by Jayda Fransen, a conservative activist and deputy leader of the far-right political party Britain First.
During an interview with Piers Morgan, Trump apologized for sharing the videos.
“If you are telling me they’re horrible people, horrible, racist people, I would certainly apologize if you’d like me to do that,” Trump told Morgan.
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