Trump tweeted out a video about winning the 2016 election. Here's where it came from
Posted July 9, 2018 12:31 p.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Trump tweeted a supercut video Sunday celebrating his 2016 election win. It featured clips from "The Simpsons" and cable news pundits predicting he wouldn't win, and a watermarked YouTube URL across the top for its creator, a Canadian.
YouTube user eLouai, aka Louai Munajim, told CNN's COVER/LINE in an email he lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His channel now includes 27 videos, mostly about shows or movies like "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones" and "La La Land." His one political video, "#NeverTrump election night 2016," was uploaded in December 2016. It's not clear how Trump found it to tweet Sunday.
"The reaction has been very positive," Munajim said in an email. He has received a "small bump" in subscribers, and messages from people thanking him for the video. It "brought them joy reliving election night again," he said. "It was quite a layered video with a lot of subtext in it."
In the video's description, Munajim wrote that creating it was time intensive and involved watching 8 hours of video from news channel's election night coverage. "It had such a wonderful narrative arc to it all," he said in an email. "The underdog, and against all odds winning the election. Truly the stuff of fairytales." No one from the administration reached out about using the video, he said.
Trump has long tweeted out memes found online, including several that have been controversial. In 2017, for example, he tweeted a GIF edited to show him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball, and a video of him wrestling CNN.
A 2017 Quinnipiac poll found 61% of Americans believe Trump should not continue tweeting from his personal account, including nearly half of Republicans, and 32% believe he should continue.