Trump Posts Video of Himself Punching 'CNN'
He tweets clip of WWE match with CNN logo over opponent's face
By Josh Rosenblatt,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2017 11:17 AM CDT
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President Donald Trump   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Trump escalated his Twitter war with CNN on Sunday, and in the process sparked more concern that he is advocating the use of violence against members of the media, the Hill reports. The president tweeted a modified video of a 2007 WWE wrestling match he took part in, obscuring his opponent's head with the CNN logo, which he proceeds to beat with his fists. Trump tweeted the video with the hashtags "#FraudNewsCNN" and "#FNN." A CNN spokesman called it "a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters." But on ABC News, Homeland Security adviser Tom Bossert suggested CNN and other critics were overreacting. "No one would perceive that as a threat," he said, adding that Trump is "beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to."

The new video comes just a few days after Trump posted two tweets in which he talked about MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski "bleeding badly from a face-lift." Those tweets sparked condemnation from all over the political spectrum, with even Trump's fellow Republicans calling them unpresidential. On Saturday, however, Trump took to Twitter once again to address the backlash, writing, "My use of social media is not Presidential – it's MODERN DAY presidential," Politico reports. At a press conference Thursday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence," the Washington Post reports. "In fact quite the contrary."

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