Journalists’ reactions to Trump’s CNN body slamming tweet are trickling out Sunday, and they aren’t very positive.
CNN released a statement condemning the tweet, which featured a video of President Trump body slamming a CNN logo in a fake wresting match, and ABC News Chief Political Analyst Matthew Down said the President was “advocating violence against media.”
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters,” the CNN statement read.
Don Jr. fired back a response to CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Twitter as well.
Editor of Poynter Ben Mullin gravely proclaimed, “Around the world, journalists are murdered with impunity on a regular basis. This isn’t funny.”
Homeland Security adviser Thomas Bossert assured ABC News’ Martha Raddatz the video was a joke in an interview, as the anchor took the video seriously.
“That seems like a threat,” Raddatz said. “No one would perceive that as a threat,” Bossert replied.
The Washington Post tweeted: “Trump appears to promote violence against CNN with tweet.”
WaPo reporter David Nakamura wrote: “A day after defending his use of social media as befitting a ‘modern day’ president, President Trump appeared to promote violence against CNN in a tweet.”
The editors of the Atlantic and New York magazines bashed the video, and MSNBC analyst and Mother Jones editor David Corn broke down, writing, “This is sick. This is disturbing. This is pathological. This is violent. This is reckless. This is authoritarian.”
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