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Trump’s CNN-Bashing Tweet Video From ‘Alt-Right’ Reddit Site

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

President Donald Trump tweeted a video showing him tackling and punching a man with the CNN logo imposed over his face. The video appears to have come from forum frequented by “alt-right” Trump supporters who posted it days earlier.

On July 2, Trump tweeted video that appeared to show Trump in a wrestling match attacking a man with “CNN” on his face, writing along with the video, “#FraudNewsCNN #FNN.”

The Reddit forum “r/The_Donald,” where “alt-right” members supporting Trump congregate, posted a GIF four days prior that seems to be the same footage.

Following Trump’s tweet, users on the forum took credit for Trump’s promotion of the footage, with one user telling the original uploader of the GIF that his “dankery has been tweeted by the President of the United States.”

Trump’s tweet is the latest example of him promoting content that appears to have originated on online message boards such as Reddit and 4chan, which have regularly pushed conspiracy theories that some in Trump’s inner circle have sometimes promoted. During the presidential campaign, Trump’s campaign team monitored forums like “r/The_Donald” for content, and in May, Trump appeared to take messaging from “r/The_Donald” directed at Rosie O’Donnell. New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi noted this trend on CNN’s Reliable Sources, saying, “I think this has happened a number of times where something — it goes from Reddit to one of Donald Trump’s aides, and then to Donald Trump’s Twitter account.”

(h/t Brian Stelter and Bradd Jaffy)
 

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15 Comments

  1. FireBaron July 3, 2017

    Oh, come on, folks. Do any of you think Teflon Donnie is smart enough to come up with this imagery by himself? The man can barely thumb a coherent Tweet!

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  2. PrecipitousDrop July 3, 2017

    Trump’s lame Reddit tweet lacks the same degree of vision and originality as the rest of his administration.
    House Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) really did body slam reporter Ben Jacobs in Bozeman Montana on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. It was witnessed by TV reporter Alicia Acuna and other members of her crew. Per her published description: “At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, “I’m sick and tired of this!” http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/24/greg-gianforte-fox-news-team-witnesses-gop-house-candidate-body-slam-reporter.html
    Trump’s phony wrestling stunt merely presaged the actual assault, and re-enacted it for the “amusement” of his surly mob.

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  3. Thoughtopsy July 3, 2017

    Laugh it up r/The_Donald users.
    It’s going to be hilarious to listen to you whine when he shuts down free access to the Internet. Authoritarians don’t like anything they can’t control.

    Oh, your tears will be so funny.
    I have the world’s tiniest violin here, all ready to go.

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  4. Independent1 July 3, 2017

    For any bloggers who are a little fuzzy on what the ‘alt-right’ is really all about (as I was), this article from the NYTimes is a fairly good primer on the topic:

    Donald Trump’s Alt-Right Brain

    Donald Trump has devoted most of the past two weeks to discussing immigration, even though only 8 percent of Americans rank it as “the most important problem facing this country today,” according to a recent Gallup poll.

    But within that thin slice of the electorate reside Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, the “alternative right,” or alt-right. The Southern Poverty Law Center calls the alt-right “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”

    The term was coined in 2008 by Richard Spencer, a white supremacist whose National Policy Institute says it is “dedicated to the heritage, identity and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.” Through his online writings and YouTube channel, Mr. Spencer is a key player in the social-media universe where this core group of Trump supporters get their “news,” from sources with which most people aren’t familiar. A quick scan shows that immigration is not only their most important issue, it’s pretty much their only issue.

    “Immigration is a kind of proxy war — and maybe a last stand — for White Americans,
    who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile,” Mr. Spencer wrote in a National Policy Institute column.

    For a bit more on the allt-right and InfoWars setup by Alex Jones go here:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/opinion/donald-trumps-alt-right-brain.html

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    1. PrecipitousDrop July 3, 2017

      Thanks!
      We needed that — especially for the Trump supporters who insist that the Alt-Right has nothing to do with race, and are adamant that Trump has nothing to do with the Alt-Right — or any bigotry whatsoever.

  5. Dapper Dan July 4, 2017

    All I can think is the dumb get dumber watching the billionaire boob hurting the integrity of the office he holds. The hate in this country is growing exponentially and I fear we’re on the verge of Civil War if we’re not there already. Will normalcy ever return after this disaster of a President is finally gone ? Unless he faces the consequences of his actions with Russia helping get him in office thru cyberattacks who’s to stop this from happening again ? He needs to be impeached and charged with treason and sent to federal prison

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    1. Independent1 July 4, 2017

      And not just Trump; Pence and a good portion of Trump’s campaign staff and even cabinet are guilty of treason and should be jailed.

      1. kep July 6, 2017

        Liberals should be deported or jailed as TERRORISTS.

    2. kep July 6, 2017

      The diaster is gone. That was Emperor Obama that was distroying America. PRESIDENT TRUMP is bringing America back to where she should be.

      1. PrecipitousDrop July 6, 2017

        “…America back to where she should be,” kep?
        We’ve seen how Trump treats women.
        Why do you advocate insulting the United States? In your view, is your nation a pig, a dog, or “dumb as a rock”, “bleeding” from godknowswhat?
        Do you advocate for physical assault, by Trump, of the United States? Grabbing her most private areas, mauling her, and threatening to sue her into financial ruin if she complains?
        This is Trump’s first presidency. Do you encourage him to toss us aside and take up with a younger country in the next few months, campaign and run for office over there while he’s still the narrowly elected Executive right here?
        Go back to ISIS, kep. You’re late for the We-Hate-the-USA meeting.

        1. kep July 7, 2017

          Yeah, I see how PRESIDENT TRUMP treats women as equals, and places them into positions of power. He is doing EXACTLY what he was hired to do. He is bringing REAL change to Washington, something liberals can not stand because they are no longer relevant. Go back to your Mother Russia, Comrade. You are no longer welcomed in America.

          1. PrecipitousDrop July 7, 2017

            “…TRUMP treats women as equals,” to subordinates, “and he places them into positions of power.” Like limo drivers, baggage handlers, or valets enjoy positions of “power”.
            Trump wasn’t “hired”. Most US voters chose his opponent.
            “He is bringing REAL change to Washington,” in the form of unabashed obstruction of justice, flagrant malfeasance, and undisguised contempt for every word of his oath he swore.
            He is now kissing his brother-from-another-mother, Mother Russia.
            And you are a loyal co-conspirator in Trump’s assault of American democracy.

          2. kep July 7, 2017

            You are brainwashed into believing the liberal propaganda and lies. Try some truth for a change.

          3. PrecipitousDrop July 7, 2017

            I was “brainwashed” by Trump’s debate performances, speeches, interviews, and tweets.
            What were you looking at?

  6. yabbed July 4, 2017

    What a silly fool Trump is. The USA is humiliated to the core.

    Reply

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