Trump tweets violent video targeting CNN

Over the weekend, President Trump continued his attacks on the media with a 28-second mock video clip showing him beating up a man who has his face replaced by a CNN logo.
By Ian Marsh | Jul 05, 2017
Over the weekend, President Trump continued his attacks on the media with a 28-second mock video clip showing him beating up a man who has his face replaced by a CNN logo.

The doctored clip, with the message "#FraudNewsCNN #FNN," was posted Sunday morning and seems to be from a 2007 appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., according to The Washington Post.

The tweet has been condemned on all sides, including by some conservatives. Many say it incites violence against journalists.

Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press derided the video, saying in a statement that Trump's tweet was "beneath the office of the presidency" and represents a "threat of physical violence against journalists."

To add to the controversy, it turns out that the Reddit internet forum user who claims to have created the video meme has a dark history of posting racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric online.

A month ago, the Reddit user displayed photographs of more than 100 CNN staff and contributors with Stars of David next to them, according to a report by Newsweek. He also has posted anti-Muslim messages and used the 'N-word' in describing African Americans.

The wrestling video comes on the heels of Trump's Thursday tweets attacking the hosts of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' Trump called co-host Mika Brzezinski "low IQ" and said she was "bleeding from a facelift" at a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago club. He also described co-host Joe Scarborough as "psycho."

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