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Trump retweets doctored video of Pelosi to portray her as having 'lost it'

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U.S. President Donald Trump, engaged in personal attacks on House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, retweeted a heavily edited video that falsely claimed the Democratic leader had difficulty speaking to reporters.

In a Twitter posting late on Thursday, the Republican president wrote, "PELOSI STAMMERS THROUGH NEWS CONFERENCE." Accompanying the tweet was a heavily edited Fox Business Network clip of Pelosi's 23-minute news conference earlier in the day.

At the bottom of the Fox Business screen is the headline,"Pelosi Urges Trump 'Intervention"; Stammers Through News Conference." The one-minute-and-47-second segment included critical commentary about Pelosi.

During her news conference on Thursday, Pelosi suggested that Trump aides or family members hold an "intervention" with him to address his anger over House investigations of the president and his business dealings.

In recent days, as Trump ramped up his attacks on Pelosi, some heavily edited videos have circulated on the internet that alter the cadence of her words by slowing them down, making her speech seem slurred when in fact it is not.

A Reuters review of Pelosi's news conference on Thursday shows her covering a wide range of topics and speaking in a mostly animated way, jousting with reporters at times and at other times reading from a statement.

Like many politicians, she occasionally stumbled over a word before correcting herself.

Without reading from a statement, Pelosi discussed infrastructure investments throughout U.S. history. She recounted actions taken during President Thomas Jefferson's administration during the early 1800s and moved effortlessly through the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt 100 years later and Dwight Eisenhower in the middle of the 20th century.

Nonetheless, the Fox Business video depicted Pelosi stumbling over words and replayed four times in rapid succession the speaker holding up two fingers when talking about "three things" related to House investigations of Trump.

In the actual video of the news conference, she mistakenly held up two fingers when talking about those three elements, but then corrected herself by holding up three fingers.

At the White House on Friday, before departing on a trip to Japan, Trump was asked by a reporter about altered videos of Pelosi.

He responded that he did not know anything about the videos, and echoed an assertion he made on Thursday that the speaker, who is 79, has "lost it."

"Look, you think Nancy is the same as she was? She's not. Maybe we can all say that," Trump, 72, said on Friday.

He blamed Pelosi for starting the fight. "She said terrible things. So I just responded in kind."

The White House did not respond to further requests for comment.

A spokesman for Pelosi, asked about Trump retweeting the Fox Business video, said Republican attacks on the California congresswoman actually helped Democrats win control of the House in last November's elections when a record number of women and minorities were elected to Congress.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in next year's elections, said in an interview on CNN, "It is unbelievable to me that the president would be involved in this kind of disinformation campaign."

She said such incidents highlight the need for legislation to bring transparency to online political ads, as well as new privacy protections.

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Donny using his twitter account to spread repugnant nonsense?! What a shocker! Wake me when there's news; for instance, Donny goes an entire hour without blatantly lying.

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What's great is you don't have to doctor Trump's videos to make him sound like an addled nimrod.

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The High King of Fake News spreading more Fake News...you know, like when he had his pic photo-shopped on the cover of Time Magazine Man of the Year...so sick...

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fake-trump-time-magazine-cover-displayed-at-his-golf-courses

My bet is he asked Vlad for help with the video...

Just goes to show how afraid and intimidated he is of Nancy - she really has his number...

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He certainly is a class act...

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Can't fix stupid.

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Can't fix stupid.

I agree, so when is she going for permanent retirement?

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retweeted a heavily edited video that falsely claimed the Democratic leader had difficulty speaking to reporters.

Trump showing once again that laws are for peasants (tee hee), not for him and his fellow putative elite. Or was his regime sending a trial balloon deep fake to see if they could get away with it.

Malicious Deep Fake Prohibition Act of 2018 (S 3805, 115th Congress)

Amends chapter 47 of the United States Criminal Code regarding fraud and false statements to include the deceptive use or distribution of deepfakes, an artificial-enabled technology capable of editing audio and visual recordings.

https://scipol.org/track/s-3805-malicious-deep-fake-prohibition-act-2018

With the 2020 elections rapidly approaching, look for Qanon, Breitbart/Bannon, the Internet Research Agency and other GRU groups, Alex Jones and the numerous right wing, authoritarian bunds to produce even more deep fakes.

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Yet more trash and fake news from Trump’s toilet of a Twitter account.

Twitter should consider a suspension. I’m all in favour of free speech, but Twitter should put their foot down with fake news. Trump should have been slapped into line a long time ago for his behaviour.

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What's great is you don't have to doctor Trump's videos to make him sound like an addled nimrod.

What's great is he's gonna be re-elected in a landslide! MAGA, baby!

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It is pretty hard to defend Trump the man. His supporters here don’t even bother when something like this happens.

Understandable.

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More lies and false stories from the King of Fake News.

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Trump showing once again that laws are for peasants (tee hee), not for him and his fellow putative elite. Or was his regime sending a trial balloon deep fake to see if they could get away with it.

Pheasants? Eight years ago the last administration thought we were all pheasants when they tried to shove the affordable care act down our throats. The constitution be damned.

With the 2020 elections rapidly approaching, look for Qanon, Breitbart/Bannon, the Internet Research Agency and other GRU groups, Alex Jones and the numerous right wing, authoritarian bunds to produce even more deep fakes.

Yeah but the Democrats have Twitter, Google, Facebook and Yahoo so they outnumber the Republicans 20 to 1 on the fake news garbage

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All this extra effort by the media to keep reporting on "nonsense" between politicians is just a waste of time and money, but an obvious effort to "emotionalize" the public.

Ultimately it is NOT meaningful for the welfare of the nation when "emotion" causes people to act irrationally.

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Trump, and his cronies, cook up a phony video with their buddies in the Russian FSB - then Donnie tweets it out not once, but twice.

He responded that he did not know anything about the videos,

And his dementia is so severe he can't even remember he tweeted it out...

Intervention time....

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Yeah right. Next liberals will tell me the highlights of a baseball game were doctored and heavily edited because they only showed the home runs not the whole game.

Everything in the video, It happened

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Liberals are seriously expecting us to believe these things never happened just because the coherent parts were cut out.

Its like a pitcher who gives up 5 home runs complaining they didn’t show the one time he struck a guy out.

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Liberals are seriously expecting us to believe these things never happened just because the coherent parts were cut out.

Even your favorite network has admitted it was a doctored video - just because you want to believe it doesn't make it real.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fake-pelosi-videos-trump-doctored

This is the depraved depths the Trumpers will go to - lies, fraud, cheat; they don't care...

This is the cesspool that is Trump-world....

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"Doctored" implies faked. The video was edited, not faked. Heaven only knows how many videos of Trump by leftist media have been edited to make him look bad.

This Fox video contains clips of Pelosi speaking. It has not been speeded up or slowed down or otherwise "doctored."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLpUf2hqh_M

By the way, RealClearPolitics has Pelosi's approval at 38.3%, way worse than Trump's.

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@Serrano Trump videos don't have to be doctored to make Trump look bad.

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"Doctored" implies faked. The video was edited, not faked.

Yeah! It was only meant to deceive through doctoring, not to deceive through editing! Can everyone please get the type of deception correct?

Heaven only knows how many videos of Trump by leftist media have been edited to make him look bad.

And which president was tweeting those videos?

You act as if the president should be held to the same standard as internet trolls.

Which is a pretty pathetic expectation.

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None of the hundreds and hundreds of videos and tweets of Trump slurring his speech or proving he's senile and in need of an intervention need to be doctored at all, but Trump's team is so desperate and sad they have to really on doing it to their political enemies. What was funny was Giuliani's apology tweet, proving that he, too is senile and/or drunk and can't even type (or check before hitting 'Tweet').

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Blacklabel: Its like a pitcher who gives up 5 home runs complaining they didn’t show the one time he struck a guy out.

Well it would be more like someone slowing down a pitcher's video and then saying he only has a 22 mph fastball.

But technically, you'd be right to claim that what we are seeing in the video technically did "happen." Not at that speed, but it did, ya know...happen.

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