Social media users reacted with varying degrees of outrage after US President Donald Trump shockingly tweeted a video which seemed to show him physically attacking the news network. CNN.
The video was an edited version of one of Trump's infamous appearances in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The original video had showed trump laying into WWE boss Vince McMahon but his tweeted version had the CNN logo plastered over McMahon's face instead.
The network itself reacted first by replying to the tweet and calling out the hypocrisy of Trump's administration by quoting the Deputy White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying: "The President in no way form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary" on 29 June.
CNN also issued a statement saying: "It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Clearly, 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, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behaviour far below the dignity of his office." The network said, adding: "We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his."
A CNN commentator, Ana Navarro, called the tweet "unacceptable" and "an incitment to violence." "He is going to get someone killed in the media," Navarro said on ABC news.
The Committee to Protect Journalists told the Guardian that the President's message "undermines the media in the US and emboldens autocratic leaders around the world". The Guardian also noted the link between Trump's wrestling move in the video and the very real assault on the paper's reporter Ben Jacobs by Montana's now-representative Greg Gianforte.
Others went further than just chastising the President and instead called for his removal from office, with #25thAmendmentNow trending online in Washington, DC. The 25th Amendment to the US Constitution includes a section that allows the Vice President and majority of the Cabinet to come together to decalre the President "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".
GQ's special correspondent, Keith Olbermann tweeted out a call from the cabinet to invoke the amendment and "immediately remove" Trump which has now been retweeted over 28,000 times.
Trump later tweeted another video of himself, this time a speech where he once again attacked the media. "The fake media tried to stop us from going to the White House," Trump says, "but I'm President and they're not."