PALM BEACH — In a fine display of the composure and decorum for which he has become known, President Donald Trump has posted online a wrestling video of himself violently assaulting a personified CNN.
The unaltered video’s origins date back to 2007, when Trump was featured in a WWE WrestleMania 23 promotion attacking WWE Chairman and Boca Raton resident Vince McMahon, knocking him to the ground and pummeling him. The new video has superimposed the CNN logo over McMahon’s head during the onslaught.
As though the unapologetic assault on CNN’s avatar weren’t enough, the beating is swiftly followed up in the video by the appearance of a graphical parody of CNN’s logo that reads, “FNN Fraud News Network.”
This, of course, is a furtherance of the president’s narrative that the mainstream news media promulgates “fake news.”
Ever his own worst enemy on Twitter, Trump tweeted the video at 9:45am on Sunday with the accompanying hashtags “#FraudNewsCNN” and “#FNN.” Making matters more ridiculous still, Trump retweeted the video from his official @POTUS account, ensuring yet another classy entry in the National Archives courtesy of #45.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
The video tweet—which originated from a thread circulated among Trump supporters on the website Reddit—has outraged the media, who believe the president’s ardent supporters will take it as a call to violence.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders (the latest stooge to draw the unfortunate lot of serving as White House spokesperson) asserted that “the President in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence.”
One can only conclude that she hasn’t been paying attention, since Trump has a rich history of doing just that. During the campaign, he famously commented that the “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton, and encouraged his followers to assault protestors, offering to pay their legal fees.
CNN, it seems, also remembers those incidents. The network tweeted: “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.”
While not a threat of violence, it was only a few days ago that Trump indulged in a kerfuffle with MSNBC’s Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, threatening them with unfavorable National Enquirer stories unless they begged him for mercy.
Scarborough and Brzezinski, of course, did no such thing, which led to Trump’s further comments about them, including a claim that Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a facelift” at a New Year’s Eve party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
Scarborough and Brzezinski have refuted pretty much all of the president’s accounts.
Trump is spending the weekend of the 4th at his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, which has the benefit at least of being closer geographically to Washington than Mar-a-Lago, where Trump was forced to flee in order to golf on weekends during the winter months.