Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas edited a viral video to create the false illusion that his opponent Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas expressed enthusiasm for flag burning (original video below).
The Dallas Morning News notes how Cruz edited the video to misrepresent O’Rourke’s statements from a town hall in El Paso on Aug. 31:
O’Rourke did not say he’s “grateful” for flag burning. Nor did he say that flag burning is “inherently American.”
…In context, it’s clear that was what O’Rourke was defending — the peaceful protest of football players seeking to call attention to police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem. Video of him making that case went viral two weeks ago.
The Hill also notes Cruz’s deceptive editing:
A transcript of the event obtained by The Hill shows the Cruz campaign edited significant context from O’Rourke’s answer. O’Rourke, according to the transcript, said it is “inherently American” to “nonviolently and peacefully protest” police brutality and racial inequality.