Originator of video clip showing president wrestling news network belongs to Trump adulation group that regularly posts vulgar, hateful content
By Sue Surkes and AP | The Times of Israel
A user of an alt-right forum on the social news site Reddit who has posted anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and racist items has claimed credit for a video tweeted by US President Donald Trump Sunday to attack the media.
The clip shows Trump wrestling to the ground and beating a “villain” –Vince McMahon, the owner and promoter of World Wrestling Entertainment.
It was part of a promotion ten years ago at the WrestleMania 23 event dubbed “The Battle of the Billionaires.”
McMahon’s wife, Linda, who founded and built the company with her husband, now heads the Small Business Administration for Trump and was a generous benefactor to his campaign.
In Trump’s version, McMahon’s face was superimposed with the CNN logo and the logo FNN –Fraud News Network — appears on the screen toward the end. The clip is titled, “Trump takes down fake news.”
It was not clear whether that was where the clip originated or where Trump found it, but Reddit user HanAssh*leSolo claimed credit and appeared to be the first to post it, The Washington Post reported Sunday.