The graphic video, which emerged online earlier in the day, shows a young man punching the elderly victim in the face dozens of times.
- According to authorities, the attack took place last Friday at the Westwood Nursing Center in Detroit, Michigan, Fox 20 reported.
- The suspected assailant was a 20-year-old patient at the same facility, they said.
Absolutely shocking footage has emerged from a black male nurse from Detroit (Jadon H.), who filmed himself beating elderly white men into a bloody pulp.— Mathijs Koenraadt (@mknrdt) May 21, 2020
"Get the fuck off my bed, N.," he is heard saying.
Viewer discretion advised. pic.twitter.com/NPtCFA8YIs
"Is this even possible to believe?" Trump tweeted. "Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"
Many liberals on Twitter found reasons to be outraged by Trump's expression of concern.
Some accused the president of racist "dog whistling" because the assailant in the video is black and the victim is white.
A video has gone viral. A care worker in a Michigan nursing home filmed himself beating up white elderly patients quite viciously. The white supremacists have leapt on it as evidence of the "incivility of black people". That's what the white supremacist in chief is on about.— Thread Waxing (@ThreadWaxing) May 22, 2020
Others were upset because they didn't get Trump's reference.
I don’t know what Trump is even talking about and making a vague yet sensational tweet like this about a nursing home victim is very irresponsible for the President of the United States. He could be talking about the horrible videos about the victims in Detroit but hard to tell.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) May 22, 2020
Vox editor Aaron Ruper was among those who lashed out in confusion.
when the hydroxy hits pic.twitter.com/L7pmNMStF1— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020
Media Matters for America's Matthew Gertz suggested it was a scandal that Trump may have learned about the beating from, gasp, Fox News.
The president's "Can this be for real?" tweet last night was a response to Tucker Carlson teasing a report for today's show about a young nursing home resident assaulting an elderly resident.— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 22, 2020
Left, Fox's Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8:59 p.m.
Right, Trump, 10:29 p.m. pic.twitter.com/qSfGxm9Iup
A number of conservatives questioned the left's moral priorities. Pro-Trump actor James Woods singled out the Democrats in charge of Detroit and Michigan.
Nursing home beatings. Election fraud. Two dams explode. And what’s Michigan AG prioritizing? “Orange Man Need Mask”— Gio DeBatta (@GDebatta) May 22, 2020
Others criticized the relative lack of media coverage of the attack, with some wondering aloud how the reaction would have differed if the races of the assailant and the victim were reversed.
Imagine if you will.— Chicago Guy (@Webmannis) May 22, 2020
It was a white guy beating up a older person of color ?
CNN would be leading every hour with BREAKING NEWS about story and would somehow blame trump for it.
Media are sick.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed the attack on his show on Thursday.
- He noted Michigan nursing homes are locked down in response to the coronavirus outbreak, cutting off residents from loved ones on the outside.
UPDATE: The heroic @TuckerCarlson aired a screenshot from the Detroit nursing home attack and said he would cover the "horrifying" story tomorrow night!— Chris Menahan 🇺🇸 (@infolibnews) May 22, 2020
"We're going to have a lot more on that story tomorrow and the tape." pic.twitter.com/eBMfxW4kl7
About the attacker: The Detriot police on Thursday credited the public with alterting them to video of the attack and said they had arrested the suspect.
- They said the nursing home had not know about the incident prior to seeing the video.
Some of Hayden's internet activity suggested that his violence may be motivated by anti-white racism.
- A video Hayden reportedly shared online appears to show him punching an elderly white woman while she lies in bed.
- One video on what seemed to be Hayden's YouTube page appeared to show him ranting about black supremacy, saying: “The black race is the chosen race, the black race was supposed to rule the earth, but now … they have to go to the white man for everything and that’s not good."