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Cycle of Bullying Between President Trump and the Press

There's a cycle of bullying happening between the president and the press and it all started with a tweet.

Posted: Jul 5, 2017 5:07 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 8:52 AM

(CNN) -- There's a cycle of bullying happening between the president and the press and it all started with a tweet.  

On Sunday, President Trump posted a video of him pummeling a wrestler with the CNN logo over his face.

Critics say the president is encouraging violence against the press. After the story broke, CNN tracked down the person who originally created the doctored video.

The creator is accused of making other posts that were racist or anti-sematic.

CNN says the man who posted the video was remorseful and promised not to publish stuff like that again, so it withheld his name from its report.

CNN says it might reveal the man if he breaks his promise that's causing some, including Donald Trump, Jr. to accuse the network of blackmail. CNN denies this.

It all comes as the president is raging away at the media and members of his own party are criticizing him.

“For the president of the United States, the greatest country of the world, the person who is representing our country to use that kind of language is just so inappropriate,” says Sen. Susan Collins. 

Emily Bazelon, an author who wrote a book about bullying, has an idea on how this cycle could be stopped. 

In an interview with Politico, she says a bully's power has everything to do with social status.

Bazelon says it's up to the community to make it clear to the bully that the bullying behavior is unacceptable.

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