March For Our Lives responded to President Donald Trump’s nationally televised address on the government shutdown by addressing what they believe is a national crisis — gun violence in the United States.
The response used Trump’s own words against him in an edited video that pieced together bits of Trump’s speech to make it seem as though he was speaking about gun violence.
“Trump has got it twisted — the real national emergency is the consistent American gun violence terrorizing us every single day,” March For Our Lives tweeted out along with the video.
The video begins with Trump’s own words: “Fellow Americans, there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis. All Americans are hurt. More Americans will die than were killed in the entire Vietnam war.”
In his original video, Trump was referring to Americans who died from heroin use, 90 percent of which comes over the southern border.
The video overlaid gun violence statistics such as “100 Americans die from guns every day” and “that’s over 35,000 a year” over Trump’s speech.
March For Our Lives also incorporated videos from the Columbine, Sandy Hook, and Houston school shootings.
Watch the video below:
Trump has got it twisted — the real national emergency is the consistent American gun violence terrorizing us every single day.
— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) January 11, 2019
“This would have been 1000000000x better than the real address and would’ve actually been heroic,” March For Our Lives co-founder Matt Deitsch tweeted about the video.
“The hypocrisy of Trump’s immigration agenda is glaring …” March For Our Lives co-founder Jaclyn Corin added.
March For Our Lives activist David Hogg called out a Trump tweet directly that echoed the message of the video:
More than double that die from guns every week. What's your plan to deal with that? https://t.co/AujJkp7b2K
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) January 11, 2019
The video also pushed the support for HR8, also known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. The bill was introduced to the House on Tuesday with the support of March for Our Lives and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.