Media criticizes Trump for retweet portraying CNN as blood on his shoe
Journalists on Sunday criticized President Trump for retweeting a photo of what appears to be the CNN logo in a splatter of blood on the bottom of the president’s shoe. The caption on the photo says, “Winning.”
Thank you President TRUMP!! pic.twitter.com/LKdkT0FL99
— oregon4TRUMP (@shawgerald4) December 23, 2017
Journalists from multiple outlets criticized the image, which was originally tweeted from the username oregon4TRUMP. Several reporters noted Trump sent the tweet on Christmas Eve.
“CNN-labeled blood on the sole of his shoe. Retweeted by the President of the United States on Christmas Eve,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted.
CNN-labeled blood on the sole of his shoe.
Retweeted by the President of the United States on Christmas Eve. https://t.co/h4ijZx8WCw
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 24, 2017
ABC’s chief political analyst Matthew Dowd asked evangelical Christian supporters of the president if they approved of the tweet on the eve of the holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
The President retweeting this on Christmas Eve, w/blood on his shoe representing CNN. White Evangelical Christians: is this the kind of leader that represents Jesus message of love and the hope of Bethlehem? https://t.co/aWwz2J7tdf
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 24, 2017
Journalists from other outlets, including The Hill, also spoke out against the retweet.
The president needs to delete this. Criticism is fine when warranted, but this goes way too far with blood on the sole. There is a line and this crosses it. https://t.co/pqZ9kVwL7z
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 24, 2017
I fixed that image that Trump retweeted. It’s not CNN he stomps on. pic.twitter.com/OiO1U8bzA9
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) December 24, 2017
Trump retweeted an image that shows him having stamped out CNN.
What a shame that a national leader has reduced himself to this. https://t.co/OJzGCRGxBe
— menaka doshi (@menakadoshi) December 24, 2017
The Hill has reached out to CNN for comment.
This is not the first time the president has retweeted a seemingly violent tweet against the cable network.
The president and the network have had a rocky relationship dating back to the campaign.
Trump has dubbed the network as “fake news,” while CNN has reacted with a “facts first” advertising campaign.