(Newsweek) Several red laser dots flickered on President Donald Trump’s chest and face during his Wednesday White House Christmas tree lighting speech, prompting paranoid supporters to falsely fear for his life.
Hundreds of conspiratorially minded backers of the president emerged on social media to express their fear for Trump’s life after red laser dots appeared on his body, and later, a journalist posted a photo showing Trump in what at first appeared to be crosshairs. Journalist Tom Roussey of ABC affiliate station WJLA-TV in Washington D.C. apologized and deleted the photo he tweeted Wednesday showing Trump’s back within the frame of the TV camera’s lens.
The meandering red dots on Trump and the podium in addition to Roussey’s ominous photo immediately drew backlash from his supporters. Several of the distracting red dots lingered on Trump’s face, chest and shoulders as he spoke at the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Responses ranged from “deep state” conspiracy theories to assassinate Trump, while other supporters said prayers for the president’s safety.
Trump was introduced at the White House event as “the man who brought Christmas back to America.”