On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted a video that shows him wrestling and then punching another person over whom was superimposed a CNN logo. Leftists, Democrats, and media scolded the president, while some claimed that he was inciting violence against journalists. Trump has continued to point out inaccuracies in reporting by the network, which recently fired three correspondents for an inaccurate report about him. On Saturday, the president tweeted that CNN has been exposed for its “garbage journalism.”
CNN correspondent Brian Stelter tweeted an excerpt of a statement from the network: “It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Cleary 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, North Korea and working on the health care bill he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We’ll keep doing our jobs. he should start doing his.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) slammed Trump’s Sunday. He told MSNB that Trump's Sunday morning tweet is evidence that he is “mentally not well.”
Lieu said, “Donald Trump has had a series of highly disturbing tweets, but his last one on Sunday morning was beyond disturbing. We now have the president encouraging violence against the media. He is increasing the risk that a journalist is going to get injured or get killed, And that is wildly inappropriate. It also shows that this is what’s in the president’s mind. He is thinking about violence. He’s thinking about assaulting a reporter.”
Lieu went on to say, “I’m not going to let unanswered when the president tweets out false things or things encouraging violence or things suggesting that he is mentally not well. I am going to point those out and highlight them to the American public.”
He said, “I’m asking the Republican leadership for their help. They need to put country above party. We need an intervention. They need to intervene because something is not right now with the White House and with the president of the United States."
Last week, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended Trump and denied that he has encouraged violence. "The president in no way, form, or fashion has ever encouraged any form of violence," she said in a news briefing.
And for those who think there's nothing behind Trump's CNN gif today, I've been told twice in past hour I'll be killed in a new Civil War.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 2, 2017
On ABC’s “This Week,” political analyst Ana Navarro told Martha Ravitz that Trump is inciting violence. Navarro said about Trump’s tweets, “I must say I think it’s unacceptable. As the president of the United States taking things way too far. It is an incitement to violence. He is going to get somebody killed in the media. Maybe that will stop him. I am disappointed beyond belief by the answer that the homeland security adviser just gave. What a wuss. What a wuss you could see he is ceding his principles.” “You can’t say the difference between right and wrong,” Navarro said. “That’s what’s part of the problem. He is surrounded by enablers that do nothing but shake their heads and nod their heads in agreement with everything he says. They have got to stop. They have got to stand for democracy for freedom of the press. This is just going way too the president of the United States is inciting violence against the free press and America. We cannot stand for it.”