This wonderful Pre-4th of July Sunday morning “
President” Donald Trump was feeling undefeated and decided to take to his Twitter setting the internet streets ablaze by tweeting a video directed at CNN news, referring to them as “fake news.”
In the grainy throwback video, ‘The Donald’ emerges during a WWF (WWE?) wrestling match to throws hands with his opponent whose face is strategically covered with a CNN logo. Trump hashtagged the video “#CNNFakeNews #FNN.
Anti-Trumpers are calling foul and questioning the mental health of a presidential leader who would encourage such violence and barbarity.
Personally, at this point nothing Donald Trump does surprises me. Amuse? maybe, but surprise, no. He’s gotten away with so much rotten behavior, even pre-presidency, that I don’t expect much. Unfortunately, he is like watching a train wreck that you can’t take your eyes off of. *insert eyeball emoji*
According to CNN:
On Sunday morning the president’s personal Twitter account, which has 33 million followers, posted a 28-second video of a WWE broadcast. The video was edited to show Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo on his face.
A short time later, the official @POTUS account retweeted Trump’s tweet to its 19 million followers. It is one of the president’s most-shared, most-retweeted posts ever.
Sunday marked another escalation in Trump’s ongoing war against the news media — and against CNN in particular.
Trump, a frequent CNN viewer, regularly lashes out at the network’s coverage.
Some of his fans laughed at the video. Others rolled their eyes. But it was taken seriously by members of the media, some of whom have faced threats for their reporting.
Some Twitter users flagged the tweet and reported it to the social networking company, saying it violated the company’s terms of service prohibiting “hateful conduct.” But Twitter said it determined that the tweet is not a violation.
In a statement, CNN called it a “sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.”
The statement brought up the fact that Trump’s deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said just a few days ago that “the president in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.”
“Clearly” Sanders “lied,” the CNN statement said.
“Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office,” the statement added. “We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
Several journalism advocacy groups also weighed in.
“We condemn the president’s threat of physical violence against journalists,” the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said. “This tweet is beneath the office of the presidency. Sadly, it is not beneath this president.”
And Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, said “I think it is unseemly that the president would attack journalists for doing their jobs, and encourage such anger at the media.”
What do you think? Has Donald Trump officially lost his mind or is he justly exercising his 1st amendment?
CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said:
“It’s not just anti-CNN. It’s anti-freedom of the press. It’s very disturbing. There’s nothing lighthearted about it whatsoever.”
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