On Sunday, July 2nd, President Donald Trump tweeted a GIF of himself physically attacking someone meant to represent CNN, the major news network. The video, which features Trump pulling a man with "CNN" superimposed over his face to the ground and punching him repeatedly, was accompanied by the hashtags "#FraudNewsNetwork” and “#FNN.”
This tweet comes hot on the tails of the President's blatantly sexist attack of Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who he referred to as “low I.Q. crazy,” “dumb as a rock,” and “psycho.”
Many celebrities were aghast at the President's tweet, and said as much on social media:
In our current state of affairs, who better to teach Trump about American history than a British author?
Others noted the profound double standard Trump takes advantage of:
Some celebrities were simply flabbergasted:
Mia Farrow was left completely speechless by the situation:
Others wondered aloud how much influence Trump's staff has on his tweets (for better or worse):
I'm dying to know which staffers got to work on it. Who wrote the scheduling memo. Who did the briefing. How quickly comms signed off.— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) July 2, 2017
Musicians like Zendaya offered some much-needed perspective:
It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his.
John Legend shared his feelings with a simple message:
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.