President Donald Trump unleashed his second attack on the media over the course of less than 24 hours, this time attacking his top news target, CNN, as "a virtual fraud." The president also claimed "rumor has it" CNN's president, Jeff Zucker, "will be resigining momentarily?" (The typo is Mr. Trump's.)
Now that we have found out that @CNN is a virtual fraud, rumor has it that Jeff Zucker will be resigining momentarily?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571162696.0
Trump did not specify exactly why this time he is calling CNN "a virtual fraud," but late Monday he posted tweets promoting far right wing activist and conspiracy theorist group Project Veritas, headed by James O'Keefe, who has been targeting CNN. O'Keefe is best-known for his fraudulent and deceptively-edited videos that were used to destroy ACORN, while other videos tried to take down Planned Parenthood.
“Project Veritas-Obtained Undercover Videos Highlight Jeff Zucker’s (@CNN) Campaign To Destroy Trump. Videos Reveal… https://t.co/yJSfxoGt7e— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1571100686.0
UPDATE: CNN spokesperson responds:
@realDonaldTrump @CNN lol— Matt Dornic (@Matt Dornic)1571163504.0
Social media users were quick to blast the president's serial dishonesty and astonishing lack of self-awareness.
@realDonaldTrump @CNN oh my god, do your job— Erin We're Screaming Merry Christmas Again Ryan (@Erin We're Screaming Merry Christmas Again Ryan)1571163050.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN Rumor has it that you can't spell "resigning," and that you paid $25M for fraud with a fake u… https://t.co/evMHQwlILO— Facts Do Matter (@Facts Do Matter)1571163075.0
Do the world a favor, and make it a twofer. https://t.co/gxka9QcnSD— Keith Fitzgerald (@Keith Fitzgerald)1571163106.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN Stop using your position as President of the United States to attack the media. It's disgrace… https://t.co/swztLGhHdH— Dr. Miranda Yaver (@Dr. Miranda Yaver)1571162791.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN News isn’t fake just because it’s critical of you. Alternative facts are not real unless supp… https://t.co/fwXDb2sD56— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1571162783.0
the president of the united states seems to think he's a media gossip blogger https://t.co/wrGnHPHh6f— Travis Gettys (@Travis Gettys)1571163258.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN The Kurds are being slaughtered. ISIS will soon be on the rise again, thanks to you; people… https://t.co/C6HJYHxu1Q— Anne Leonard (@Anne Leonard)1571163589.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN What does #resigining mean? If there is a fraud in our midst it is not @CNN . It's odd that… https://t.co/nJTVTDNP6v— Slowly Boiled Frog (@Slowly Boiled Frog)1571163831.0
@realDonaldTrump @CNN Says the guy who had to refund money for running a fake university...— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt Fed Employee)1571163543.0