This morning Donald Trump tried to top himself in the “new lows” department by tweeting a decades-old but very real video of himself carrying out mock violence at a wrestling match, with the CNN logo superimposed over the face of the person he was pummeling. Trump seemed to think it was funny. Most of America instead saw it as a direct incitement to violence against CNN and the media. CNN is now lashing out at Trump in response.
CNN has released the following official statement: “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 has never done so. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea, and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter posted the official statement via his Twitter account, emphasizing “We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his” in the process (link). CNN’s Jim Acosta also posted the official statement on his Twitter account, emphasizing “We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.” (link)
Meanwhile CNN’s Ana Navarro added her own sentiment, appearing on ABC This Week this morning and stating “It is an incitement to violence. He is going to get someone killed in the media.” In the hours after Donald Trump tweeted the violent video, so many Twitter users began calling for his removal from office that the 25th Amendment became the number one trending topic on the social network. And law professor Laurence Tribe asked a question that a number of people are thinking: “Don’t the vilest and especially the most violent of @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS tweets violate Twitter’s terms of service? Does T get a pass?”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report