GOP rep criticizes Trump for tweeting Pelosi video

Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdOvernight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Senate panel advances bill to protect government devices against cyber threats House passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban MORE (R-Texas) criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE for sharing a deceptively edited video of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise MORE (D-Calif.), saying no one, including Trump, should “disseminate information that you know is ultimately doctored.”

Last week, a video went viral on conservative social media outlets that slowed down audio of a Pelosi speech to make her appear to be slurring her words. Shortly after, Trump tweeted a different clip of Pelosi initially aired on Fox News’s “Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsGOP rep criticizes Trump for tweeting Pelosi video Trump shares edited video of Pelosi appearing to 'stammer' through speeches Poynter pulls blacklist of 'unreliable' news websites after backlash MORE Tonight” that spliced together several verbal pauses.

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“You shouldn't disseminate information that you know is ultimately doctored,” Hurd said Sunday on “Face the Nation,” asked specifically about the clip Trump has posted. “And this is going to escalate this debate and this fight.”

Hurd said the controversy over the initial video, which Facebook has said it will not remove, illustrates a lack of preparedness in responding to misinformation.

“We have old laws to decide how you handle disinformation. You have leaders that don't understand how this technology can be used in the future. This goes back into this whole conversation around disinformation and how are we dealing with it,” he said. “And it's not just the government alone. It's not just the social media companies. It's also the media, academia involved in trying to do this.”

Hurd represents a swing district that, as of 2019, is the only Republican-held seat on the U.S./Mexico border. He won his 2018 reelection by about 1,150 votes, making it the closest House race in Texas.