“Regardless of political party, we should all reject any and all violence in our politics, whether it’s directed towards members of the media, politicians, the family members of politicians or political activists,” the spokesman, Andrew Surabian, said Monday.
Mr. Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also spoke at the conference. Ms. Sanders said Sunday that she was not aware of the video and was at the conference to speak about unity. She, too, condemned violence. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida spoke at the event as well, and his spokeswoman said the governor had not seen the video and did not condone violence.
On Monday afternoon, someone identifying as Carpe Donktum, owner of MemeWorld, a website of pro-Trump memes, said one of the site’s contributors, TheGeekzTeam, created the video. TheGeekzTeam describes itself as “a red blooded American with ZERO tolerance for the liberal agenda. Trump 2020!!!”
Carpe Donktum defended the video as “CLEARLY satirical.”
“No reasonable person would believe that this video was a call to action, or an endorsement of violence towards the media,” Carpe Donktum wrote in a statement.
Among Carpe Donktum’s Twitter followers are Donald Trump Jr.; Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida and an avid supporter of the president; Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump 2020; and Dan Scavino, the White House social media director. The Twitter account was suspended on Monday afternoon.
In 2017, Mr. Trump shared on Twitter a less violent fake video of himself wrestling and punching a figure whose head was replaced with the CNN logo.
As the impeachment inquiry has moved forward and House Democrats have interviewed witnesses, Mr. Trump has stepped up his public lashings of news organizations, calling the news media the “enemy of the people.”