“Isn’t pro wrestling fake?”

The view from overseas:

The US President has tweeted a short video clip of him wrestling a person with the CNN logo for a head.

The clip is an altered version of Donald Trump’s appearance at a WWE wrestling event in 2007, in which he “attacked” franchise owner Vince McMahon in a scripted appearance.

After the president’s tweets, Reddit users expressed disbelief at the president’s use of the clip.

It was also retweeted by the official presidential Twitter account, @POTUS, operated by the White House.

Mr Trump has repeatedly clashed with the CNN news network, which he calls “fake news”.

CNN’s top White House correspondent Jim Acosta, who has been critical of the White House’s attitude to the press, simply tweeted: “Isn’t pro wrestling fake?”

Isn’t Trump fake? He’s about as authentic a president as he is a pro wrestler.

Rajini Vaidyanathan says Trump’s insults of women journalists inspire others to join in.

During the election Donald Trump often taunted female reporters who covered him, which in turn encouraged a small section of his supporters to follow suit.

The most high-profile example of this was NBC’s Katy Tur, who was dubbed “Little Katy” and “third rate” by Mr Trump, who said her tweets were lies.

It led to her having secret service protection, for fear of attacks.

It wasn’t just Katy Tur. Other reporters, myself included, have been at the receiving end of online abuse, when covering Mr Trump. Some of his supporters have sent me racist and sexist messages, calling me everything from a “whore” and a “bitch”, to a “terrorist” and a “tea girl”.

And while men are targeted too, women bear the brunt of it when it comes to remarks about appearance, and judgements about intellect.

This has been a trend which pre-dates President Trump’s time in office, but Soraya Chemaly, the director at the Women Media Center’s Speech Project, argues the president’s language legitimises this behaviour.

“It falls into a pattern of him displaying a disgust for women and their bodies. This kind of examination of women is pretty standard in our culture – public commentary on women and the way they look fuels major sectors of the economy, so there’s really nothing that will stop the president,” she says.

We have always been at war with Women.

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