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