Donald Trump WWE attacking CNN

Screengrab via Donald Trump/Twitter

Donald Trump tweets doctored video of himself pummeling CNN in old WWE segment

Is he advocating for more violence against the media?


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 2, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 1:09 am CDT

Donald Trump has discovered Twitter videos, and he tweeted one on Sunday morning that combined his hatred of the media and his past involvement with pro wrestling.

That’s part of a video from 2007 when Trump pretended to attack WWE owner Vince McMahon.

Now, Trump using it to show himself pummeling CNN.

As CNN’s Brian Stelter notes, this GIF was first seen on The_Donald subreddit last Wednesday.

As shocking as Trump can be on Twitter—and some Republicans believe he should be even more prolific on the social media outlet—his post on Sunday morning seemed to surprise some long-term political observers who saw it as yet another attack on the media.

In a week when Trump was condemned by most political observers for continuously blasting Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski’s looks and intelligence, the president of the United States proved Sunday he can still shock with his Twitter account.

Update 9:34am CT: CNN has sent out a statement in response to Trump’s tweet.

Update 12:13pm CT: Asked by This Week’s Martha Raddatz if Trump’s tweet was a threat, Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert said, “It’s certainly not … I think that no one would perceive that as a threat. I hope they don’t. But I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to.”

More from Bossert, via the Hill.

“He’s the most genuine person and the people … find him to be someone that they can understand and relate to,” he said.

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*First Published: Jul 2, 2017, 9:05 am CDT