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Republican group adds David Attenborough sloth narration over footage of Trump walking down ramp


Jun. 16 2020, Updated 11:45 a.m. ET

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump gave a commencement speech at West Point. And for once, his speech wasn't what attracted criticism and concern on social media.

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Instead, video of the president slowly walking down a ramp to get off the stage quickly went viral. 

"Trump descended a ramp extremely carefully at the end of his West Point speech today," one user remarked.

While another added: "The underground bunker must have an elevator because there's no way Trump's getting down a ramp."

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Social media users also shared footage of former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden walking up the stage at West Point.

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President Trump took to Twitter to defend himself, writing: "The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery. The last thing I was going to do is “fall” for the Fake News to have fun with. Final ten feet I ran down to level ground. Momentum!"

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But now, the Lincoln Project has gotten involved. The political action committee of prominent Republicans and former Republicans, including George Conway, the husband of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, took to Twitter to share an edit of the video with narration from David Attenborough added over the top.

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Just in case you're wondering, Attenborough was talking about a sloth in the audio that the Lincoln Project used.

As you can imagine, the video got quite a reaction. "Good thing Trump wasn’t wearing a mask; he might have looked weak," one user joked.

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Another shared video of former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden taking a run around the White House.

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Last week, the Lincoln Project released an advert slamming President Trump for defending the Confederate flag.

Their new ad, titled 'Flag of Treason', "laments American citizens who fly the confederate flag as a veil of 'patriotism' when it is nothing more than a symbol of a treasonous, and failed uprising against the United States."

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The Lincoln Project went on to explain: "President Trump’s co-opting of the Confederate Flag and relationships with known white nationalists like Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon and David Duke shows his true beliefs. His blatant racism, dog whistles and disinterest in unifying the country, particularly in recent days following the death of George Floyd, show just how far he is willing to go to stoke fear, incite violence, and ensure the country descends into further chaos up to the election."

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In a press release, Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project said: “The Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery and disunion. Its history is one of sowing division and oppression. Those who fly it proudly are celebrating the legacy of American slavery, the wrongful, and violent insurrection that followed, and the oppressive Jim Crow regime that came into power in many states.”

“No patriotic American should brandish or proudly celebrate the iconography of a rebellion that resulted in tremendous devastation, the loss of more than 620,000 American lives, and the continued subjugation of Black America,” Galen continued. “Our namesake, Abraham Lincoln fought to preserve the Union. The Lincoln Project will do the same during the course of this campaign.”


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