During his campaign, Donald Trump regularly encouraged his violent, stupid, and hateful followers to attack protesters — especially if they were black — for speaking out against him, even offering to pay for their legal defense if they were arrested carrying out acts of violence in his name. Now, he has painted a target on anyone who works for CNN.
On Sunday, The Donald posted an edited wrestling video showing him making America great again by beating the network, whose logo was pasted over the head of WWE CEO Vince McMahon. Trump offered no words — just the hashtags #FraudNewsCNN and #FNN — but none were necessary. His message was clear.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
Recently, White House spokesmoron Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Trump has never “promoted or encouraged violence” — both of which he did Sunday morning.
Trump’s decision to tweet a suggestion that his fans do violence against CNN was so clear, in fact, that Homeland Security Adviser Thomas Bossert watched in horror as he attempted to figure out a way to defend it.
Ultimately, he decided on complaining that everyone is unfair to Trump. “No one would perceive that as a threat,” he said. “I hope they don’t.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 2, 2017
“He’s a genuine President expressing himself genuinely,” Bossert said. Yeah, a genuine douchebag.
You might say “but wrestling is fake! Everyone knows that!” Apparently, Donald Trump thinks it is real. WWE performer Triple H told a pair of radio hosts last year that when a storyline featured Vince McMahon being blown up in a limo, Trump called McMahon’s office to find out if he had really died.
No, seriously, this happened:
Will Trump’s unhinged supporters respond to the call? We can only hope that for the first time they will not.
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