Gay dads felt sick when Donald Trump used a doctored video of their son to ‘further hate and racism’. Now, they’re suing him
Two gay dads have said Donald Trump was trying to “further hate and racism” when he shared a doctored video of their son on Twitter.
Last week, the US president came under fire when he shared a doctored version of a video that went viral last year, which showed two toddlers running towards each other and hugging.
In the version shared by the president, the toddlers were seen running down a footpath with a fake CNN headline that read: “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby.”
The fake headline then said “Racist baby probably a Trump voter”, according to NPR.
Gay dads were ‘hurt, saddened and felt nauseous’ when they saw the doctored video shared by Donald Trump.
Twitter labelled the tweet as containing manipulated content and said its intention was to deceive viewers. It was later removed when one of the parents of the children made a copyright complaint.
The original clip, which shows Maxwell Hanson and Finnegan McKenna running towards each other to share a hug in the middle of the street, went viral last year.
A video showing love, unity, and friendship that has inspired love and hope to millions was now doctored to further hate and racism.
Michael Cisneros, a gay man and father of Maxwell Hanson, told The Advocate that he and his husband were “hurt, saddened, and felt nauseous” when they saw the doctored video shared by Trump.
“A video showing love, unity, and friendship that has inspired love and hope to millions was now doctored to further hate and racism,” Cisneros said.
“It was just heartbreaking to see.”
The father said no children should be exploited to further a political agenda, but said he was shocked to see their son involved.
The fathers are taking legal action against Trump.
“We immediately took action. We will do whatever we can, whatever is needed, to protect our children from this or anything else that attempts to bring them harm.”
Since Trump shared the doctored footage, Twitter has banned Logan Cook, the meme-creator who made the video.
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Earlier this week, two law firms began work on a lawsuit on behalf of the boys’ parents that they will file against Trump, Cook and the Donald Trump for President campaign.
Cisneros said their family has been overwhelmed with supportive messages since Trump shared the doctored footage.
“The messages show us that people really do care, that they are tired of the racism, and of all the hate.”
He also said that he wants an apology from Donald Trump, but is not expecting to receive one.