U.S. President Donald Trump has caused another firestorm on the Internet and in political circles after posting a video on his personal Twitter account showing his takedown of a wrestler on a 2007 WWE program, but with the logo of mainstream cable news network CNN slapped on the victim of Trump’s wrestling move. This is the latest chapter in Trump’s long running feud with CNN and mainstream media, often resorting to calling them “fake news” when criticized. The tweeted video was accompanied by the caption, “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN has since responded to the tweet, saying in a statement, “It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.” The statement continued, “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 instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
CNN commentator Ana Navarro was even more critical of the tweet, saying that the video was “an incitement to violence” and that Trump will “get somebody get killed in the media”. ABC News’ Matthew Dowd expressed his desire that Republican leaders “put country over party” and respond accordingly to the President’s actions.
On the other hand, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement that “the president in no way, form, or fashion has ever encouraged any form of violence.” Homeland Security adviser Thomas Bossert, when asked about the situation, told ABC News, “No one would perceive that as a threat.” This video comes a day after Trump said that he was using social media as the American public would expect of a “modern day” president.