WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton berated President Donald Trump and his supporters on Friday for circulating doctored footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
- She declared the smear campaign to be ‘sexist trash’ and implored everyone ‘to hold our leaders accountable.’
- The Washington Post has declared the footage to be selectively edited, but it still remains on Trump’s Twitter page and on a Facebook group page.
Hillary Clinton berated President Donald Trump and his supporters on Friday for circulating “sexist trash.” Their latest smear campaign had involved the circulation of doctored footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The former presidential candidate condemned their actions at Friday’s Harris County Democratic Party event in Houston.
She stated, “The president and his cronies have been running around spreading a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. Now, it is sexist trash, but it is also a sign that Trump is running scared.”
Clinton implored, “So if you believe in the rule of law and the responsibility we all have to hold our leaders accountable, then we cannot relent on this front either.”
She pointed out that the president’s actions have thrust the nation into “a very real constitutional crisis.”
The doctored footage, which was spread online on Wednesday, made Pelosi look like she was drunkenly stumbling through her speech at Washington’s Center for American Progress Ideas Festival.
Trump shared the clip on Twitter with the caption, “Pelosi stammers through news conference.”
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s attorney, also shared the clip on Twitter but later deleted his post. He then posted a comment defending his decision to spread the footage.
The Washington Post exposed the footage on Friday, stating it was selectively edited and was circulated as a smear campaign. Its origins are still unknown, however.
The clip was also shared on a Facebook page called Politics WatchDog, where it has since been viewed more than 2.6 million times. The social media platform appears to have no plans to remove it.
Facebook has previously sworn to prevent the sharing of fake news on its site. But a company spokesperson told The Guardian that it was upholding freedom of expression by leaving the edited footage up.
Their statement read: “There’s a tension here: we work hard to find the right balance between encouraging free expression and promoting a safe and authentic community, and we believe that reducing the distribution of inauthentic content strikes that balance. But just because something is allowed to be on Facebook doesn’t mean it should get distribution. In other words, we allow people to post it as a form of expression, but we’re not going to show it at the top of News Feed.”