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Donald Trump’s attack on CNN just got physical.
On Sunday morning, the president continued to exercise “MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL” behavior and tweeted a video of himself bodyslamming a man with the CNN logo for a head. “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN,” read the caption.
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” CNN said in a statement of response. “Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so. 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.”
The footage comes from WrestleMania 23, which took place in 2007. The man whose head has been swapped for a CNN logo is WWE CEO himself Vince McMahon. According to CNN host Brian Stelter, the meme surfaced on Reddit four days earlier. (Watch the original video below.)
This latest tweet follows a headline-packed few days for Trump’s social media profile, starting with his attack of Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Thursday morning, which has continued since, and his ongoing campaign against CNN, which he deemed “#FraudNewsCNN” on Saturday evening.
“The FAKE & FRAUDULENT NEWS MEDIA is working hard to convince Republicans and others I should not use social media – but remember, I won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media,” he said Saturday. “I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN! My use of social media is not Presidential — it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!”
He added, “I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!”
Needless to say, Trump was vilified on social media for the implications of the video, which shows the current President of the United States beating up the news media. Many cited Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ recent claims about Trump following his personal attacks against Brzezinski: “The president in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary, he was simply pushing back and defending himself.”
On Saturday, Trump took his media bashing to the public space as well, speaking at a veterans’ event in Washington D.C.
“The fake media is trying to silence us,” Trump said. “But we will not let them. Because the people know the truth. The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I’m president and they’re not.”