On Christmas Eve, President Donald Trump retweeted an edited photo of him sitting in a car while on the phone. On the bottom of his shoe, the “CNN” logo can be seen, squashed.
The photo was originally posted by “oregon4TRUMP” as part of a reply to one of Trump’s tweets about his first-year achievements.
Thank you President TRUMP!! pic.twitter.com/LKdkT0FL99
— oregon4TRUMP (@shawgerald4) December 23, 2017
“So many things accomplished by the Trump Administration, perhaps more than any other President in first year,” Trump had tweeted Saturday, Dec. 23. “Sadly, will never be reported correctly by the Fake News Media!”
Then, the “oregon4Trump” account posted the image in response to that message.
Later, Trump wrote that the “fake news” media outlets have refused to “talk about how big and how strong” his voter base is.
“They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News. Despite only negative reporting, we are doing well – nobody is going to beat us. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote.
Later, he pilloried media outlets once again.
“The Tax Cut/Reform Bill, including Massive Alaska Drilling and the Repeal of the highly unpopular Individual Mandate, brought it all together as to what an incredible year we had. Don’t let the Fake News convince you otherwise…and our insider Polls are strong!” the president tweeted.
On Christmas Day, Trump posted a video of he and his wife.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! pic.twitter.com/mYtV5GNdLl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017
In May, a Harvard-Harris survey found that two-thirds of Americans believe the mainstream media publishes fake news—a sentiment held by voters across party lines.
“Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the ‘mainstream’ media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn of the survey’s finding. “Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other.”
About 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents, and 53 percent of Democrats believe media outlets are publishing false information. The degree of uncertainty was even higher for online sources, with 84 percent of voters who said they experienced difficulty knowing who to believe in.
It’s not the first time Trump has gone after CNN. Earlier this year, he retweeted an edited video of his days at the WWE, showing him body-slamming a person with the CNN logo superimposed over their head. Then, he termed CNN as “fraud news” or “FNN.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017