President Trump's Latest Tweet Celebrates Violence Against Journalists

Is this what he meant by "modern-day presidential"?

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While Americans around the country prepare for Independence Day, President Donald Trump is continuing the game of bizarre Twitter one-upsmanship he started with himself earlier this week: After spending several days attacking Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Trump has now tweeted a video of himself "beating up" CNN:

It was intended—one has to assume—as a joke meant to celebrate the president's perceived victory over the network, which issued a retraction and an apology (and the resignation of three senior journalists) this week for a story about Trump's potential financial connections to Russia. But the result is far from funny.

Despite White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' claim just three days ago—which CNN tweeted in response to the Trump's video—that the president "in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence," her boss has proven otherwise.

And in light of Trump's praise for last month's victory of Republican representative Greg Gianforte, who made national headlines just one day before his election for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground, the president doesn't seem terribly concerned with violence against the press. If anything, to borrow Sarah Huckabee Sanders' words, it seems quite the contrary.


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