“Your vote,” the screen reads, “proved them all wrong.”
By late Tuesday night, Trump’s tweet featuring the clip had racked up nearly 90,000 likes and 29,000 retweets. But a few hours later, early on Wednesday, the video was blocked on major sites like Twitter and YouTube. “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner,” the clip now reads on Twitter.
As BuzzFeed News first pointed out, the dramatic music groaning alongside the two-minute film is lifted from “The Dark Knight Rises,” the 2012 capstone to director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale. The song from composer Hans Zimmer’s score is called “Why Do We Fall?”
Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, was not happy.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized,” a spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
The clip is not an official campaign product, but rather the work of a Trump fan who uploaded the video late last week to r/The_Donald, a subreddit on Reddit that is a meme-clogged online playground for Trump fans, alt-right trolls and conspiracy-mongers.
It’s not the first time the president has dipped into controversial online backwaters for his memes. Trump regularly fires off content to his nearly 60 million Twitter followers, regardless of origin.
During the 2016 election, then-candidate Trump retweeted a post criticizing Hillary Clinton that featured an image resembling the Star of David. The image had originally surfaced on the online messaging board 8chan, which features neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic content, according to Time. Trump later deleted the tweet.
Last month, the president shared a tweet featuring a boy being patted down by an agent with the Transportation Security Administration. As The Washington Post reported, that clip had originally been shared by a QAnon conspiracy theorist.
The video shared Tuesday night was apparently first posted on r/The_Donald last Friday by Reddit user knock-nevisTDF. According to the YouTube version of the account (which is also now deactivated), it was produced by MateyProductions.
That YouTube account features a handful of pro-Trump productions. Many, such as “President Donald Trump, How you like him now? Tribute” and “Kavanaugh vs the Democrats,” feature a similar mix of news footage, skyline shots of D.C. and clips of Trump in action at rallies.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video. An email sent to an address associated with MateyProductions was not returned early Wednesday.
On Reddit, the user who claimed he had created the video soundtracked by the Batman music fielded congratulations from other r/The_Donald posters.
“Thanks to all the patriots on here, it blew up!,” the user wrote. “You could imagine my shock today when I was told he tweeted it! . . . My dad has his tweet printed so I can frame it haha.”
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