Earlier today, we reported on a tweet that President Trump made in which he showed a video clip of himself violently attacking CNN in a wrestling match. In the video, seen below, Trump is depicted brutally beating the WWE’s Vince McMahon whose head is replaced with the CNN logo. Not only was this a bizarre tweet, but it was quite disturbing in the sense that it blatantly promotes violence toward the media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
It didn’t take long for CNN to respond in EPIC fashion with a tweet of their own, once again showing they can fight back at Trump with his own administration’s hypocrisy rather than with depictions of violence or sexist remarks like Trump has become keen on doing over the past several months. CNN’s tweet read as follows:
“The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.” – @SHSanders45 6/29/17
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 2, 2017
CNN has also released a more official statement and it reads as follows:
It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. 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.
It’s quite ironic that the best way to fight back at Trump now-a-days is to use his and his administration’s own words against him. It was just 3 days ago that Sarah Huckabee Sanders vehemently denied that President Trump has ever done anything to promote or encourage violence, yet today he did exactly that.
There is no denying that the video posted by Trump, even if it was intended to be somewhat of a joke, promoted violence toward the media, particularly the media which Trump considers to be “Fake News”. Undoubtedly some Trump supporter somewhere will see this as Trump saying, “it is OK to violently attack CNN employees,” and unfortunately we can only hope and pray that someone doesn’t act on this message.