Video: Trump posts video of beating up CNN ‘Fraud News Network’
The 30-second video published on Sunday became an instant hit after it was retweeted by more than 93 thousand users in less than three hours.
The clip is an altered version of an old video, showing Trump pretending to beat up Vince McMahon, an American professional wrestling promoter.
Trump replaced McMahon’s face with a CNN logo and ended the video by calling the channel Fraud News Network (FNN).
CNN responded to the tweet by sarcastically quoting Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as saying, “The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary.”
In another article, the news outlet called the move “juvenile” and said it was a “sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.”
The weird move came shortly after Trump launched yet another attack on what he calls “fake news media” an evangelical event honoring veterans in Washington on Saturday.
“We won and they [the media] lost,” the president told attendees of the Celebrate Freedom rally at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
“The fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them,” he continued. “The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House. But I’m president, and they’re not.”
He has previously criticized other major US media outlets including CNN, ABC, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Trump’s war on media began before his presidency, when he accused some outlets of deliberately undermining him by publishing “fake” polls.
The standoff escalated after he won the presidential race and defeated his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton against all odds.
The trend became so severe that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was forced to hold off-camera briefing sessions, often banning CNN and other aggressively anti-Trump media.
Earlier in the week, Trump launched a personal attack on two MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, calling them “crazy” and “psycho” on Twitter.
Despite many calls to quit tweeting, Trump said Saturday that he would continue to communicate with his supporters on internet.
“My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again!” he wrote.