Trump flabbergasts with wrestling tweet

The latest tweet by President Donald Trump stunned Sunday morning TV.

Trump went after “FraudNewsCNN” by tweeting a fake video in which he battles a figure whose head is the CNN logo.

It’s actually an old video that presents Trump body-slamming Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment at Wrestlemania XXIII in 2007.

The president saw no problem or irony in using fake methods to go after an opponent he considers fake. Via Twitter Saturday, he announced a new branding strategy: “I am thinking about changing the name #FakeNews CNN to #FraudNewsCNN!”

And that’s what he did Sunday with the wrestling video.

The panel on NBC’s “Meet the Press” looked shellshocked by the latest Trump tweet. Moderator Chuck Todd described being “beyond flabbergasted” by the tweet.

Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt agreed. “Combativeness toward the media plays well. Cruelty does not,” Hewitt said.

Katty Kay of BBC World News America said Trump was promoting violence with the tweet. Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post noted that the tweet was an official communication from the president.

CNN said in a statement Sunday: “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 instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.”

Carl Bernstein told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that the video was anti-freedom of the press, and he raised questions about Trump’s stability and state of mind.

On Saturday, Trump blasted anyone who questions his use of social media, saying he won the 2016 election with interviews, speeches and social media. He tweeted: “I had to beat #FakeNews, and did. We will continue to WIN!”

He also tweeted: “My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL.”

Many people simply don’t agree especially after he went after the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week.

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, told ABC’s “This Week” that the Trump tweets are unfortunate.

“People are now begging the president not to do this and, he ought to stop doing it, and we'll have to see what happens,” Kasich said. “It's one of the few things that I think brought Republicans and Democrats together. They spend so much time fighting, and then they're all aghast, so it's just not the way we ought to be. The coarseness is not acceptable.”

Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Trump tweets about “Morning Joe” were “appalling” and “hit a new low.”

GOP strategist Ana Navarro told ABC’s “This Week” that she was “incredibly bothered that we are lowering the standards and the requisites of what it takes to be president of the United States in terms of character, in terms of behavior.”

She said Trump was “diminishing and damaging and making such harm to the office of the presidency.”

“This is not modern-day presidential, Navarro said. “It is modern-day crass. It is modern-day coarseness. It is modern-day ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.’”

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