Trump Tweets Satire Wrestling Video of CNN Takedown; CNN Calls It Encouraging Violence Against Reporters

Sunday morning July 2, 2017, President Donald J. Trump tweeted an edited video — originally from 2007 — showing him tackling and punching a man, whose head is covered by a superimposed CNN logo during a WWE wrestling match.

Trump tweeted a series of tweets Saturday where he doubled down on his resentment against what he called the “fake and fraudulent” media. Trump defended his amount of tweeting as “modern day presidential” and called out CNN saying, “I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!”

The original video is from WrestleMania 23 in 2007 when Donald Trump went up against WWE CEO Vince McMahon during a “Battle of the Billionaires” match. In the match in 2007 Trump and McMahon chose wrestlers to represent them in the ring, but outside the ring, Trump tackled Vince McMahon in the original video.


“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.”

CNN July 2, 2017: Trump’s latest tweet ‘encourages violence against reporters’

WWE: The Battle of the Billionaires takes place at WrestleMania 23, showing the Trump v. McMahon takedown from another camera angle.

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Mr. McMahon and Donald Trump make their Battle of the Billionaires Match official on Raw (22:06).