After a week of media outrage over President Trump tweeting an animated GIF of himself attacking a man on WWE with CNN’s logo superimposed over the man’s face, his son Donald Trump Jr. went a step further.
“One of the best I’ve seen,” he wrote with cry-laugh and American flag emojis, retweeting a video clip from @OldRowOfficial taunting “Hey @CNN we heard you like memes.”
The video is a clip from the movie “Top Gun,” this time with President Trump’s face pasted over Tom Cruise’s Maverick and the CNN logo on the Soviet “bogey” that Maverick is blasting out of the sky.
While it's pretty safe to say that Trump Jr. doesn't think the President should attack CNN headquarters with missiles, he's certainly eager to use the meme controversy to inflict damage on the cable news network. The eldest Trump son also promoted and encouraged the #CNNBlackmail campaign that sprang up after CNN tracked down the man behind the original body slam meme and announced they would not reveal his identity, though the network "reserves the right" to change its mind if he continued such behavior. The #CNNBlackmail trend resulted in trolls sending hate mail to CNN staffers and their friends and family.
This is the president's son sharing a video of a news organization being shot by a missile.— ProPublica (@ProPublica) July 8, 2017
He declares it "one of the best I've seen." pic.twitter.com/4N88QhWN0X
Donald Trump Jr. is like if Martin Shrkeli was a worse businessman. https://t.co/HjRufXXFuw— Kibblesmith ⚔️ (@kibblesmith) July 9, 2017
This is Bill Biggart, a freelance photographer who died on 9/11 when one of the towers fell. He was documenting the rescue effort. pic.twitter.com/6sFxPe5FbC— Kerri Doherty (@squideatsquid) July 8, 2017
Everybody loves a dank meme, but when it's endorsed by the first family it becomes a political statement— Emanuel Zbeda (@therealezway) July 8, 2017
(2/2) #Trump served in the military, but he didn't.— Matt Small (@newsmatt) July 9, 2017
We have a country being run by a bunch of frat boys wrestling in dung.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 8, 2017
Grow up.— Mark Yarm (@markyarm) July 8, 2017