Trump Faces Backlash After Gif Showing Him Beating ‘CNN’

Trump Faces Backlash After Gif Showing Him Beating CNN 1President Trump on Sunday tweeted an edited gif of his staged attack on Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania XXIII in 2007 with CNN’s logo superimposed over McMahon’s head โ€” so the clip depicted Trump physically beating CNN. The gif, which Trump captioned “#FraudNewsCNN,” sparked condemnation from media groups, which called it a threat. CNN called it “juvenile,” and Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, called it a “threat of physical violence against journalists” that was “beneath the office of the presidency.” Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert defended the tweet. Trump is “the most genuine president and the most non-politician president we’ve seen in my lifetime,” he said, and “no one would perceive [the tweet] as a threat. I hope they don’t. I do think that [Trump is] beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to.”