Have you seen the moving Trump campaign video championing “healing, not hatred” and “justice, not chaos”?
The montage presents an inspirational presidential speech against the backdrop of recent peaceful protests and catastrophic riots.
It also pays tribute to Minneapolis resident George Floyd, who egregiously died May 25th at the hands of four police officers.
“I understand the pain that people are feeling,” Trump begins. “The death of George Floyd was a grave tragedy. It should never have happened. It has filled Americans all over the country with horror, anger, and grief.”
“We support the right of peaceful protestors, and we hear their pleas. The voices of law-abiding citizens must be heard, and heard very loudly. We will stand with the family of George Floyd, with the peaceful protestors, and with every law-abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety, and security.”
The Commander-in-Chief then turns to major-city mayhem:
“But what we are now seeing on the streets of our cities has nothing to do with justice or peace. The memory of George Floyd is being dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists. The violence and vandalism is being led by Antifa and other left-wing groups who are terrifying the innocent, destroying jobs. The mobs are devastating the life’s work of good people and destroying their dreams.”
And that destruction hurts the weak:
“It harms those who have the least. We cannot and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities. We must defend the rights of every citizen to live without violence prejudice or fear. Healing, not hatred, justice, not chaos are the mission at hand.”
As for George’s deeply disturbing death, the Leader of the Free World denigrates the “small handful (of officers) who failed to abide by their oath to serve and protect.”
He insists we “must all work together…to create a future of greater dignity and promise for all of our people.”
“Every citizen and every community has the right to be safe in their workplace and safe in their homes and safe in our city streets,” the President points out.
He champions “building up, not tearing down; joining hands, not hurling fists; standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility.”
The video ends with the word “Unite” displayed across the screen.
Some social media sites weren’t so impressed. As noted by Reuters, on Friday, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram took down the video, prompting the President to fight back.
He tweeted Friday evening:
“Twitter Pulls Trump Campaign Video of President Showing Empathy For Peaceful Protesters. They are fighting hard for the Radical Left Democrats. A one sided battle. Illegal. Section 230!”
Twitter Pulls Trump Campaign Video of President Showing Empathy For Peaceful Protesters https://t.co/5DEIoPHsud They are fighting hard for the Radical Left Democrats. A one sided battle. Illegal. Section 230!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2020
Section 230, per The Daily Caller, references the Communications Decency Act.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded:
“Not true and not illegal. This was pulled because we got a DMCA complaint from copyright holder.”
Not true and not illegal.
This was pulled because we got a DMCA complaint from copyright holder. https://t.co/RAsaYng71a
— jack (@jack) June 6, 2020
More from the Caller:
It’s unclear what exactly led to the complaint, according to Reuters, but California lawyer Sam Koolaq, who heads the practice that submitted it, told Politico the video infringed on material from an artist they represent.
And from Sam, via an email to Politico:
“My client is very talented, so I can understand why the President chose to use their work as part of his re-election efforts. Thankfully, the law protects artists from unauthorized usage, even when the unauthorized user is the President.”
Facebook — owner of Instagram — reported it removed the video due to a complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The social network served up a statement:
We received a copyright complaint from the creator…and have removed the post. Organizations that use original art shared on Instagram are expected to have the right to do so.
YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi explained to Politico that their version didn’t contain the contentious content.
As for the other Big Three, it appears the problem may have been ironed out — the video looks to be doing fine on the Bluebird, though with slightly different content than on YouTube (at the :57 marker, for example).
We are working toward a more just society, but that means building up, not tearing down.
Joining hands, not hurling fists.
Standing in solidarity, not surrendering to hostility.
This is only possible if we listen to one another, not censor strong and unifying messages! pic.twitter.com/WneyOL2up1
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) June 6, 2020
All’s well that ends well.
As for healing, the video bears a message America desperately needs.
And if the footage leaves you wanting more, here’s another point of interest, retweeted by the campaign:
You can't say goodbye to your dying mother. You might kill others.
You have to let your business die. You might kill others.
You must remove your kids from school. You might kill others.
You can absolutely do the macarena with woke protesters. https://t.co/qI3ZTKmv3S
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 6, 2020
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