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Donald Trump’s most popular campaign ad on YouTube is an ‘apocalyptic stew of manipulated video’: analysis

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US President Donald Trump says part of the problem with North Korea is Washington's troubled trade ties with China AFP / MANDEL NGAN

The Trump campaign, perhaps to distract from his ‘his lackadaisical approach to the coronavirus pandemic,’ is hyper-focused on attacking Vice President Joe Biden on China, in a YouTube video that already has more than 21.5 million views.

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler — with an assist from Meg Kelly — did a deep dive into President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel, where there are more than 900 videos, and concludes the anti-China/Biden attack ad in question “is a jumbled stew of allegations about Biden and China. It mixes images of closed factories, quotes from Biden and misleading claims about Biden’s son Hunter and his involvement with a Chinese investment fund.”

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“This ad tries to turn the tables, claiming that Biden is really in the pocket of the Chinese. But it makes its case with an astonishing collection of misleading, out-of-context clips — essentially a grand-slam-hat-trick of manipulated video,” conclude Keller and Kelly.

Part of The Post’s analysis of the ad can be viewed below:

As The Post video above and their analysis argues, the Trump campaign ad is filled with whoppers. “The Trump campaign could seek to have a serious debate over the right policy toward China, but instead it chooses to manipulate viewers with selective editing.”

You can read their full analysis here (subscription required).

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