A video in which TV preacher Kenneth Copeland laughs at the media that declared the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States has become viral in social media.
“What did the media say?” Copeland, a supporter of President Donald Trump, tells an audience in the clip before bursting into laughter.
“The media said: Joe Biden is President!” Copeland continues before repeatedly saying “haha” for at least 30 seconds, prompting the audience to applaud and stand up.
The clip, which Right Wing Watch posted on Twitter on Sunday night, has since been viewed more than 8.7 million times.
TV preacher Kenneth Copeland laughs at the media for declaring that Joe Biden has won the election and will be president. pic.twitter.com/ARHqmsEbo7
– Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) November 8, 2020
Writer Laird Barron warned that the feigned laughter may seem “kitschy”, but that it should elicit a reaction from the audience.
“This filtered extract may seem kitschy. But it is not. It is a variation on the command/presence techniques used by law enforcement and the military,” Barron tweeted. “Motivational speakers use it, though less violently. This is professional brainwashing for your pleasure. It works.”
Matthew Sheffield, a former reporter for The Hill, who also used to write for conservative media, also warned of the danger of Copeland’s words.
Copeland “is a billionaire television preacher most people have never heard of,” tweeted Sheffield. “His followers believe every word he says, no matter how disturbing it is.”
This filtered extract may seem corny. But it is not. It is a variation on the command voice/presence techniques used by law enforcement and the military. Motivational speakers use them, though less forcefully. This is professional brainwashing for your pleasure. It works. https://t.co/5F3r8YlukG
– Laird Barron (@LairdBarron) November 8, 2020
The man in the video below is a billionaire television preacher most people have never heard of.
His followers believe every word he says, no matter how disturbing it is. https://t.co/F8Wa7v6B9F
– Matthew Sheffield (@mattsheffield) November 9, 2020
Earlier this year, Copeland made headlines when he said he cured his viewers of the coronavirus on television screens.
A video of Copeland was also released last year after he was confronted by a reporter who asked him about his extravagant lifestyle.
The reporter urged Copeland to make controversial remarks he had made in the past about why he needed a private jet.
He could not “talk to God” while flying commercially, Copeland allegedly said. “You can’t get into a long tube with a bunch of demons in this drug-filled world today,” he added. “And it is deadly.”
Copeland’s latest viral video comes days after Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White led a prayer service to secure the president’s re-election.
Both Copeland and White served on Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board during his 2016 presidential campaign.
White said in their prayer that “demonic confederations” were trying to steal the election from Trump.
The Associated Press and television stations declared Biden the winner of the 2020 election on Saturday, after it was expected that he would win more than the 270 votes of the electoral college needed to win the presidency.
Trump has not yet given in, repeatedly falsely claiming that the election was stolen from him while vowing to take legal action to challenge the result.