'You're Getting Played': GOP Rep Takes on CNN Host Over Trump Tweets
— New Day (@NewDay) July 3, 2017
President Donald Trump's feud with the mainstream media appears to be heating up.
On Sunday, the president tweeted a video of himself body-slamming and punching a man with the CNN logo superimposed over his head.
The video, which is an edited clip from Trump’s 2007 appearance at WWE's WrestleMania 23, has been criticized by some for allegedly inciting violence against the media.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
On CNN's "New Day," host Alisyn Camerota and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) got into a debate about the president's Twitter habits.
Taylor said the media is “getting played” by Trump every time they overreact to a tweet from the president.
Taylor added that most Americans don’t think Trump is "inciting violence from a [WWE] clip," and he called for news networks to focus on the "real issues."
Camerota pointed out that the Trump administration has said that his tweets are "official presidential statements," and she asked if they should just be ignored.
Taylor said he'd like to see CNN report on its own negative coverage of Trump, a suggestion that Camerota called "crazy."
“Why is that a crazy suggestion?” Taylor exclaimed. “Cover the real news!”
“I thought we were gonna come on here and talk about the South China Sea, about voter fraud, but here we are, talking about the tweets, the whole segment,” he said. “You’re playing right into the political hands.”
Watch the back-and-forth above, and see a "Fox & Friends First" report on the media meltdown over Trump's WWE tweet below.