Yesterday, Col. West wrote here about President Trump’s feud with MSNBC and his continuing commentary about CNN’s “fake news.” Col. West implored the president to stop “punching down” and instead use his bully pulpit for policy discussions rather than bullying.Clearly, that has fallen on deaf ears.
This morning, Trump tweeted a video of himself punching a man with a CNN logo on his head. The doctored video came from 2007 when Trump appeared at Wrestlemania 23 in the “Battle of the Billionaires” match against Vince McMahon. Both Trump and McMahon chose wrestlers to represent them in the ring, but engaged in some fisticuffs outside the ring. The video was first posted on Reddit.
Overnight, Trump tweeted some defense of his use of Twitter against those who say it’s not “presidential.”
My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Well, if you want to see un-presidential, check this out.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
Regardless of the questionable taste of posting such a video (and remember, this comes after Kathy Griffin’s severed head, Stephen Colbert’s “cock holster” and other representations of Trump assassination), the media was immediately triggered, saying it incited violence against them.Per the Daily Caller, “It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” CNN said in a statement responding to the tweet.
ABC News’ chief political analyst Matthew Dowd claimed Trump is “advocating violence against media” and demanded Republican leaders “put country over party” in response to the fake video of fake wrestling.
“Around the world, journalists are murdered with impunity on a regular basis,” Poynter managing editor Ben Mullin gravely stated. “This isn’t funny.”
CNN commentator Ana Navarro called the tweet “an incitement to violence” in an appearance on ABC News. “He is going to get somebody killed in the media,” she claimed.
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz took the fake video seriously in an interview with Homeland Security adviser Thomas Bossert. “That seems like a threat,” Raddatz asserted. “No one would perceive that as a threat,” Bossert replied.
Whatcha think folks, is the president engaging in a little calculated entertainment, or is this rock bottom?
By the way, here’s the original video from Wrestlemania, in case you missed it…
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]