A video circulating on social media that purports to show a car attempting to ram President Trump’s motorcade is being taken out of context, authorities say. It was not, as some are speculating, a failed assassination attempt.
The video, taken in Springfield, Missouri, captures the Presidential motorcade when Mr. Trump was in town to make a speech about tax reform. It was published on YouTube on Wednesday and has received nearly a quarter of a million views.
Taken by a private citizen who was recording the passing motorcade, it shows a car screaming out of a thick patch of trees along the road, just as President Trump’s limousine passed.
If the driver was planning on ramming the president limousine, the plan wasn’t very well thought out. The car bashes into a concrete drain culvert and gets turned sideways, ending up on the grassy strip on the side of the road.
“Oh my gosh! Look at that car that just came out of the woods,” says one man watching as Trump’s limo passes by.
Here is the video.
Those who saw the video initially speculated that the car was attempting to ram the motorcade deliberately. Conspiracy theories abounded, but as The Daily Wire reported, it was merely an automobile malfunction that occurred at the absolute worst place and time.
“Springfield police said the woman’s brakes malfunctioned as she was coming out of the Bass Pro call center and warehouse on Kearney St.”
But ramming the presidential limo wouldn’t exactly work, anyway. “The Beast,” as it’s known, weighs 20,000 pounds and has armor plating 8 inches thick. Its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 airplane. The windows are five inches thick and bulletproof windows and the bus-size Goodyear tires are Kevlar-reinforced and can car run even when flat.
Local police confirmed the story via Twitter.
No intent of harm or disruption to motorcade.
— Springfield PD (@SGFPolice) August 31, 2017
The explanations are not enough for some, who insist it was an actual assassination attempt that is now being covered up. Others, however, point out that President Trump would let everyone know on Twitter if, in fact, his life had been in danger.
This video, by The Hub, highlights some of the incredible security measures the President’s limo, nicknamed “The Beast,” features.