Trump Hammers Disgusting Video Of TSA Agent Patting Down 13-Year-Old Boy
A disturbing video of a TSA agent patting down a 13-year-old boy with a mental disability has again gone viral on the internet, prompting even President Trump to weigh in this time on the disgusting incident.
The incident actually occurred two years ago, in March 2017. Jennifer Williamson was traveling with her family from Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport to San Diego for vacation. Before they could depart, though, her 13-year-old son, Aaron, was pulled from the security line to undergo one of those “random” checks by a Transportation Security Administration agent. Williamson posted a video on her Facebook page, which has since been viewed millions of times.
The video re-emerged in the last few days, first tweeted out by actor-turned-activist James Woods, who has more than 2 million Twitter followers. Late Tuesday, comedian Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitley, followed suit, posting the video on his feed, which has more than 500,000 followers. In his post, Whitley said: “Absolutely ridiculous! How many times do you have to feel a kid up to figure out he’s not a threat? This is infuriating and hard to watch.”
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) March 19, 2019
Trump weighed in shortly after that. “Not a good situation!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
Not a good situation! https://t.co/uaMcSrX4yM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
The re-emergence of the video prompted The Washington Post to post a story headlined, “Trump retweets QAnon conspiracy theorist, via Larry the Cable Guy, to slam the TSA.”
“From a QAnon conspiracy theorist to actor James Woods to comedian Larry the Cable Guy to the leader of the free world. Thus travels information in the age of Twitter and President Trump, who took a late-night swing at a familiar punching bag — the Transportation Security Administration — via a nearly two-year-old video spread by a character on the far fringes of the Internet,” wrote the Post.
The Post questioned the source of the video, not the contents itself.
But the source who belatedly brought the video to Trump’s attention, through a winding path of Twitter celebrities, is likely to raise new questions about where a president fond of spreading conspiracy theories gets his information.
The video was reshared on Monday by a Twitter account called Deep State Exposed, which is operated by Jeremy Stone, a follower of the QAnon conspiracy theory. Stone’s twitter bio includes the phrase “WWG1WGA,” shorthand for “Where We Go One We Go All,” a rallying cry for the bizarre theory that ties together the Pizzagate conspiracy and a supposed “deep state” plot to control American politics. Stone soon added a follow-up tweet to the viral video claiming that “TSA goes out of their way to hire high school dropouts with an inclination for sexual perversion. It’s mind control!!!”
On his Twitter feed, Stone regularly mixes fake Hillary Clinton quotes with truly odd conspiracies. The next clip posted after the video retweeted by the president was a piece of shaky cellphone footage suggesting that empty Walmarts are being used as “CONCENTRATION CAMPS SET TO HOUSE AMERICAN CITIZENS!!”
The Post, in defense of the TSA, goes on to lay out the agency’s comments on the incident.
“TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop,” spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told The Post at the time. “The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection.”
Shortly after the invasive search occurred, radio station WIBX interviewed the mother.
One of the twists to this story is the condition Aaron Williamson lives with. He has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. After the incident Aaron could only keep repeating “What did I do wrong?” …
Williamson says, “I was appalled at how many times this man went over my son and how the back of his waistband was opened, his shirt was pulled up the back.” She goes on to claim that in the video, “you can see it appears the agent is looking down the back of his [her son’s] pants.”
Donald Trump Jr. also chimed in, calling the video “sickening.”
“This is sickening. I’m sure this young man could have been deemed to not be a threat in a matter of seconds. Wtf!” the president’s son wrote on Twitter.
This is sickening. I’m sure this young man could have been deemed to not be a threat in a matter of seconds. Wtf! https://t.co/6D3kHjwvyj
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 20, 2019
Even though the video is two years old, look for it to be a around for a while — and who knows, maybe it’ll pop up again in, say, October of 2020?