| Last updated
Donald Trump has shared a clip of himself superimposed onto a clip from the 1996 film Independence Day - specifically the scene in which Bill Pullman's President Thomas J. Whitmore delivers a rousing speech to unite humanity against a common foe. Watch the clip here:
It's not explicitly clear why the 73-year-old President shared the clip, although it seems fair to suggest that it draws an unlikely parallel between the movie's antagonist - aliens seemingly determined to wipe mankind from the face of the Earth - and the coronavirus pandemic we currently face.
In the original film clip, President Whitmore tells the people: "Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore.
"We will be united in our common interests... and you will once again be fighting for our freedom - not from tyranny, oppression or persecution, but from annihilation.
"We're fighting for our right to live, to exist, and should we win today the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday but as the day when the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We're going to live on. We're going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence Day.'"
The clip shared by President Trump shows the speech scene in full, but with his face superimposed over Pullman's.
Pullman himself has responded to the edited scene, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "My voice belongs to no one but me, and I'm not running for president - this year."
The creation came from the Mad 'ObamaGate' Liberals Twitter page - a self-described 'video manipulator' who makes memes in support of Trump.
The 90-second clip was originally posted on 14 April and has gained nearly 20,000 likes, but since being reported by Trump, it's racked up 180,000 likes and over 60,000 retweets.
Also superimposed into the clip are various members of the POTUS' family, media personalities and political allies, including Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Ivanka Trump.
Explaining these, the person behind the edit wrote: "Before you go nuts trying to uncover all of the cameos, there is one scene that features the Meme Team in it.
"Included in that one scene is myself and many of the other memers that you know and love, so they'll be hard to identify."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@realDonaldTrump/20th Century Fox/@mad_liberals
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read