CNN denounced the president at the time and said the tweet would “encourage violence against reporters”.
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.
He said he shared the clip with his family at breakfast, and that their only reaction was to laugh and then go about their day.
Our July 4 holiday celebrates the tenets of liberty and freedom that this country was founded upon – breaking away from the tyrannical shackles of Great Britain and creating the world’s most enduring democracy.
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Trump’s supposed target in all this is of course the media, but that’s not where his campaign is doing the most harm. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the airwaves twice to defend the patently indefensible and it came as no surprise when she rolled out phrases like “fight fire with fire” and said Trump would “hit back” when attacked.
Trump’s approval ratings, hovering around the 40 percent mark, suggest that most Americans reject the contention that he is waging a heroic struggle against malicious media outlets trying to undermine his agenda.
It remains unclear exactly how the wrestling video found its way onto Trump’s Twitter feed.
As a presidential candidate and as commander-in-chief, Mr Trump has repeatedly made known his disdain for the media, calling it “the enemy of the American people” and frequently referring to mainstream news organisations as “failing” or “fake news“.
The administration tweets touted immigration legislation, provided support for the GOP’s health care bill, defended the president’s travel ban and pushed energy policy.
I talked to a few over the weekend who called me unilaterally, and said, “Well, we would cover that, Kellyanne, except the president did this, said that”.
The GIF posted on Reddit is not exactly the same as what Trump tweeted – the video on Trump’s Twitter account includes sound, and a “Fake News Network” logo at the end of the video. Some even called on Twitter to ban the President.