This is, something.
President Trump took the time to tweet a short video of what is clearly a threat of physical violence towards the media.
In the clip, Trump is seen tackling and punching wrestling-style, a man with a CNN head.
Gee, whatever could his message be?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
Remember, just three days ago Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the White House press corps, “The president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence.”
Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert saw the tweet as being “genuine” and extolled the virtues of Trump’s Twitter feed:
NEW: Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert on Trump’s CNN tweet: “No one would perceive that as a threat. I hope they don’t.” #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/BfrWWt7buM
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 2, 2017
A CNN spokeswoman issued this statement:
“It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”
Oh, and folks definitely took notice:
.@ananavarro on Trump CNN tweet: “It is an incitement to violence. He is going to get somebody killed in the media.” pic.twitter.com/Ivip2ZscT4
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 2, 2017
CNN statement responding to the president: “We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.” pic.twitter.com/Gn1YRA2DRG
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 2, 2017
Wow. This is sick. This is disturbing. This is pathological. This is violent. This is reckless. This is authoritarian. https://t.co/KnD7FTPrn1
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) July 2, 2017
Three days ago Sarah Huckabee Sanders literally said Trump had never promoted or encouraged violence pic.twitter.com/7vJ5f3CLu1
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) July 2, 2017