Donald Trump’s frequent tweets have sparked controversy among the public. The posts he shares often have content that targets or sparks an ongoing feud attracting the media’s attention, thus giving social media many opportunities to criticize his choice to share so frequently on Twitter.
On Saturday, July 1, 2017, Trump accused social media of trying to convince lawmakers that he should stop using Twitter, prior to asserting that his usage of social media is “modern day presidential.” He tweeted, “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America great again,” after his multiple posts that attacked the “fake news media.”
There were tweets attacking “Morning Joe” co-hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, causing Republicans to express their concern and disapproval with Trump’s Twitter habit. Nebraska’s current senator, Ben Sasse even stated that the Trump’s tweets were “beneath the dignity of the presidential office.”
Regardless of how much time he spends on social media, the public seems to disregard him as a modern-day president because of an absurd new tweet targeting CNN. One of the many mainstream media outlets that have been accused by the president of publishing fake news about him, since he was elected. The tweet showed a video of Trump attacking Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 23, during the battle of the billionaires. Instead of the regular video, the footage was manipulated with the CNN logo superimposed over McMahon’s head. This clip circulated on Reddit for a while before Trump decided to share.
The response to the video was mostly negative from Hollywood stars, Beltway pundits, and politicians. An example of the responses to this video includes a tweet from Chris Weitz with the words:
I do not think Trump’s wrestling tweet is an incitement to violence. But I do think it is a sign that he is a silly man, an embarrassment.
Other responses were similar, some worse than others, criticizing the president and his choices.
In response to Trump’s attack towards CNN, they tweeted,
It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters.
Written by Brielle R. Buford
Edited by C. Milne and J. Smith
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