Hollywood, Media Respond With Outrage to Trump's CNN Bodyslam Video
The president tweeted an altered video showing him body-slamming a man with the CNN logo over his head.
President Donald Trump's tweet early Sunday morning of him attacking CNN has caused a stir on social media, where many have called for the president to be impeached. Prior to the CNN tweet, Trmp posted a series of tweets on Saturday targeted at MSNBC's Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and what he calls the "fraudulent news media," and called his tweeting "modern day presidential."
CNN released a statement saying that the tweet "encourages violence against reporters" and "We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his." CNN also directly replied to Trump's tweet with a quote from White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders during a press briefing on Thursday: "The president in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary."
The tweet caused #25thAmendmentNow to be a trending topic on Twitter where many called for the president to be impeached. RuPaul tweeted out details of an "Impeach Now" march in Downtown Los Angeles on Sunday beginning at noon. Thousands are expected to attend.
Bruce Brown, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, called the video a "threat of physical violence against journalists" and said that Trump's tweet was "beneath the office of the presidency." He concluded his statement saying, "When the president attacks the press, he attacks the people."
President Trump's homeland security adviser appeared on ABC's This Week on Sunday saying, "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." CNN contributor Ana Navarro also appeared on the show, where she said the tweet "is an incitement to violence. He is going to get someone killed in the media."
Read the reactions on social media below.
While the president is tweeting troll videos, millions of real patriots are fighting to save healthcare & democracy.#25thAmendmentNow— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) July 2, 2017
Please RT if you agree the cabinet must invoke the 25th Amendment, TODAY, and immediately remove @realDonaldTrump from the presidency.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 2, 2017
IMPEACH PLEASE THANK YOU https://t.co/Ynv02gzauy— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 2, 2017
So if I say I hope Trump gets fucked to death by a dragon while being sucked off by a unicorn, that's ok? https://t.co/UODI2fai2K— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 2, 2017
This is not "modern day presidential," this is prehistoric caveman behavior. https://t.co/Qn6r6eEZEd— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 2, 2017
How the fuck are you a president.— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) July 2, 2017
'To persevere in one's duty, and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.'— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 2, 2017
George Washington https://t.co/nvhYdTBF0P
Nothing to worry about here. Just the man with the nuclear codes, keeping us all updated on which insulting hashtag he's considering next. pic.twitter.com/kSpe8TEvjF— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 1, 2017
Isn't pro wrestling fake?— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 2, 2017
Dear Trump Supporters,— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) July 2, 2017
Can we at least agree that dude is too dangerously impulsive to hold the presidency??
Dignity & Grace
Sorry but if you voted for this, or "protest voted" or you're covering for him in cowardly fashion in congress, you own it. Good luck. https://t.co/d09EsBzart— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 2, 2017
How long until the headline reads: "GOP leaders notably silent as Trump shoots someone on 5th Avenue"? https://t.co/TjV01THlPn— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) July 2, 2017
Sweetie u cray https://t.co/OkaTiUuLAe— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 2, 2017
2017 - the year the office of the Presidency forever lost any significance or meaning. https://t.co/l7bxIwVX1Z— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 2, 2017
What???? Please, someone. Get out the straight jacket. https://t.co/B8fUowmJx7— Kevin Zegers (@KevinZegers) July 2, 2017
Remember the time the president photoshopped the logo of a news company on a person and then tweeted a vid of him fake wrestling that logo?— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 2, 2017
I wonder if Trump knows something we don't about the investigation, because he's a bit more unhinged than usual right now.— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 2, 2017
I'm dying to know which staffers got to work on it. Who wrote the scheduling memo. Who did the briefing. How quickly comms signed off.— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) July 2, 2017