U.S. Press Freedom Tracker

Trump tweets video of him wrestling 'CNN'

Incident Details


Image of tweet from @readlDonaldTrump

— Twitter
July 2, 2017

President Trump tweeted a short video from @realDonaldTrump on July 2, 2017, that showed him wrestling a figure whose head had been replaced by the CNN logo. 

The video, which had been posted on Reddit earlier, uses footage from the 2007 WrestleMania, an annual professional wrestling event, during which Trump participated in a mock “battle of the billionaires.” CNN’s logo in the edited video was superimposed on the head of WWE President Vince McMahon. The tweet was tagged “#FraudNewsCNN” and “#FNN,” which stands for “Fake News Network.” 

The official presidential account @potus retweeted the video the same day.

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