The parents of two toddlers who featured in a doctored video which was shared by Donald Trump on Twitter earlier this year are suing the president.
The lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court on Thursday and alleged that those behind the video, including pro-Trump meme maker Logan Cook, behaved in a manner that was 'extreme, shocking and outrageous' and 'beyond the bounds of decency.'
It also accused Trump of pushing 'his brand of sensationalism in complete disregard for the truth.'
The second part of the chyron read 'racist baby probably a Trump voter'. It never aired on CNN but the video was edited to make it look like it had
The parents of two toddlers who featured in a doctored video which was shared by Donald Trump on Twitter earlier this year are suing the president
Maxwell and Finnegan share a love of Disney and live one block away from each other. 'They communicate with each other in ways we don’t understand', Maxwell's dad Michael says
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages, according to a report in The Wrap.
The original video showed the moment two-year-old boys named Maxwell and Finnegan were filmed racing towards one another for a big best friend - 'besties' - hug.
The doctored version had been edited to look like a package from CNN.
Michael D. Cisneros with his son Maxwell
It showed the black child running in the opposite direction from the white boy with a fake CNN strap which read: 'Breaking news. Terrified toddler runs from racist baby. Racist baby probably a Trump voter.'
The shot cuts away to a black screen with the message 'what actually happened'. It then shows the two boys running towards each other in the street to hug.
Michael Cisneros, who adopted Maxwell who is featured in the video as a newborn, has previously taken to Facebook slamming Trump. He wrote: 'He (Trump) will not turn this loving, beautiful video to further his hate agenda.'
Maxwell and Finnegan became best friends after their parents met in a New York restaurant and have been 'inseparable' ever since.
The real video, of the two boys hugging in the street, went viral last year and recently resurfaced in joyful memes about reuniting with friends and family when the coronavirus pandemic is over.
Trump shared the edited version on Twitter in June.
He was criticized for making use of a video featuring two young children to promote a political message.
The clip is a selectively edited and spliced version of a viral video from last year showing two two-year-old boys - one black and one white - embracing
Trump tweeted the clip, which showed the actual footage of young Maxwell (above) running with open arms to embrace his friend Finnegan (below) in New York City last fall, as a way of criticizing media coverage of racial tensions in America
The two boys are seen embracing in the clip that the president shared on social media in June
The White House defended Trump's tweet as sarcastic and funny. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump was making 'a satirical point that was quite funny' and noted his tweet was specifically targeted at CNN, a TV network the president regularly blasts as fake news.
Twitter and Facebook later removed the video posted by President Trump after one of the parents who filmed the encounter last year filed a copyright claim.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon