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Trump’s Mock CNN Body-Slam Incurs Humorless Media Hysteria

Politicians, pundits claim the president incited violence by tweeting video of hostile outlet's smackdown

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During a segment on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” The Washington Post’s Carl Bernstein called Sunday’s tweet “an index of his state of mind,” adding, “It’s not just anti-CNN. It’s anti-freedom of the press.”

The Huffington Post even published an article called “Trump Marks Independence Day Weekend With Fantasy About Beating Up Journalists.”

Trump’s Sunday tweet capped a tumultuous week filled with spats against CNN and MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in particular.  But decrying the pushing of “fake news” biased stories, gloating over CNN’s forced retraction of a false story tying Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund, and now posting a mock video of a WWE scuffle have earned the president no love from the liberal media elite.

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Much to CNN’s chagrin, Twitter ruled that Trump’s tweet did not violate the company’s rules against issuing violent threats. CNN noted that the company said it reviewed Trump’s tweet based on three factors: “the political context of the conversation surrounding the tweet, the various ways it could be interpreted, and the lack of details in the tweet itself.” And according to Twitter, Trump’s tweet failed to violate those standards.[lz_pagination]

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