Yep, basically: Our future of fake news, because this is a clip from last week’s episode of “The President Show.” And it’s obviously fake. The video was debunked almost immediately, in the same thread where — as of late Friday morning — people continued to praise the girl’s heroism.
Anthony Atamanuik, the actor who impersonates Trump in the footage, even explained the clip’s origins three hours after someone posted a blurry version of it on Twitter.
In the full segment from last week’s episode of “The President Show,” Atamanuik-as-Trump drives past the rally and is dismayed to hear people protesting him. So he gets out of the car with fake security guards and wanders into spectacle, as a light crowd laughs and takes photos.
“What a wonderful little girl,” he says to the girl dubbed Light of the World. “You want to take a picture with me?”
The girl says her thing. Fake Trump agrees: “I am a disgrace to the world,” and wanders away to do a bit about his tax returns.
We don’t even need to get into the real Trump’s shaky relationship with fake news to make the point — our new fake world is boundless and bipartisan.
“Many people don’t look for something they like to be debunked,” said Brooke Binkowski, an editor for Snopes, which debunked the rally video late Monday morning, as it approached 200,000 retweets. “It continued to make the rounds until we showed up to ruin it for everybody.”
As for that girl at the rally who called Trump a disgrace to the world: “She said that if [sic] her own volition,” Atamanuik wrote on Twitter.
A spokeswoman for Comedy Central told The Washington Post on Monday: “The girl in the segment was not a paid actor and she was not scripted in any way. It was a true reaction captured during the filming of a man on the street field piece.”