Law­mak­ers blast Trump’s tweet

Ryan: “What we’re try­ing to do around here is im­prove the ... tone of the de­bate”

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Amy B. Wang

An­other bizarre tweet from the pres­i­dent of the United States.

An­other round of out­rage and con­dem­na­tion from law­mak­ers.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Sun­day morn­ing posted to Twit­ter a doc­tored video clip that showed him slam­ming a man — with “CNN” su­per­im­posed on his head — to the ground. In the video, Trump then throws punches at the man’s head, be­fore walk­ing away.

Trump ap­pended the tweet with two hash­tags: “#FraudNewsCNN” and “#FNN.”

The video, which re­port­edly orig­i­nated on Red­dit last week, was quickly blasted on so­cial me­dia as not be­fit­ting of the of­fice of the pres­i­dent and ap­pear­ing to pro­mote vi­o­lence against CNN’s jour­nal­ists. Trump has long had an an­tag­o­nis­tic re­la­tion­ship with the news net­work, of­ten ac­cus­ing it of be­ing “Fake News.”

Law­mak­ers took to Twit­ter to blast Trump for, again, tweet­ing “crude, false and un­pres­i­den­tial con­tent.” Many de­fended the free press as crit­i­cal to the na­tion’s democ­racy, es­pe­cially with In­de­pen­dence Day on the hori­zon.

“Obviously, I don’t see that as an ap­pro­pri­ate com­ment,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said Thurs­day. “What we’re try­ing to do around here is im­prove the ci­vil­ity and tone of the de­bate, and this obviously does not do that.”

Trump has long had a con­tentious re­la­tion­ship with the me­dia. Through­out his cam­paign, he reg­u­larly lashed out at the press, sin­gling out news out­lets as be­ing “dis­hon­est” and at one point bar­ring The Wash­ing­ton Post from cov­er­ing his events. Since his elec­tion, he has ac­cused, with­out pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence or deeper ar­gu­ments, cer­tain me­dia out­lets of pub­lish­ing “fake news.”

Ear­lier this year, Trump dubbed the me­dia “the en­emy of the Amer­i­can Peo­ple!” and broke with re­cent pres­i­den­tial tra­di­tion in skip­ping the White House cor­re­spon­dents’ din­ner. In­stead, he held a Penn­syl­va­nia rally that day — where he railed against the me­dia.

CNN has been a fre­quent tar­get in Trump’s tweets, which have de­scribed the net­work as ev­ery­thing from “un­watch­able” to “the worst.”

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