By now, it's a well-known fact that politicians and social media go hand-in-hand. The latest politician to illustrate this is Bernie Sanders, who has been extremely active on Instagram.
The US senator for Vermont, and potential Democrat presidential candidate, took to Instagram on Sunday and shared the bizarre video in an effort to raise money for his fundraising campaign ahead of its midnight deadline.
Taking to Instagram, he wrote:
Want to really scare Trump? Help us show the strength of our campaign to defeat him—chip in before our fundraising deadline at midnight at the link in bio.
In the strange video, Sanders can be seen sneaking up on Trump from behind and pretending to shock him. Trump then looks scared, and a security guard also jumps up to move him out of the way as the audience screams.
Twitter users Yashar Ali noticed the strange video, and shared it to his Twitter account, writing:
As part of a 2nd quarter fundraising push, Bernie Sanders has posted this video on his Instagram account Along with this message: 'Want to really scare Trump? Help us show the strength of our campaign to defeat him—chip in before our fundraising deadline at midnight...'
As part of a 2nd quarter fundraising push, Bernie Sanders has posted this video on his Instagram account
Along wi… https://t.co/23HoQ3s87S
Other social media users thought that the whole thing was hilarious, however, they noted the bad timing, considering a conservative writer has just been attacked by anti-fascist amid violence at clashing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.
Others thought it was inappropriate.
And as bad as some of the things that Donald Trump himself shares.
@yashar That’s as bad as some of the stuff Trump retweets
The actual footage was recorded at a Trump rally in 2016, during a campaign in Dayton, Ohio, in which Trump was frightened by a student called Thomas DiMassimo, who got up on stage in an attempt to storm it.
Seeming to fear an assassination attempt, the Secret Services swarmed around Trump to protect him, and DiMassimo was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, as well as inducing panic. At the time, rumours were swirling that he was brandishing a knife, reports the Washington Examiner.
DiMassimo eventually pleaded guilty to entering a 'restricted area where a person protected by the Secret Service was temporarily visiting, without lawful authority' and was fined $250, reports the Washington Examiner.