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Where did Trump wrestling video come from?

Posted at 7:17 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 19:17:41-04

(CNN) - Serious questions are emerging about the origin of the controversial pro wrestling video President Trump shared over the weekend.

It showed Trump pummeling a person with a CNN logo superimposed over the head.

Initial reactions centered on the sharing of the video itself.

But now, there are concerns about the source of the edited clip.

The video shared by President Trump to his 33 million personal Twitter followers, and then to 19 million more on his presidential account, was apparently first posted by a Reddit user who has also laid claim to it.

That user of Reddit's online message board reacted enthusiastically “Wow! I never expected my meme to be re-tweeted by the God emperor himself, I am honored!"

Others are worried, including the anti-defamation league which surveyed the user's posts and found a consistent record of racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry.

The ADL seemed to call out the president saying "When those on the fringes of society feel their messaging is getting mainstream attention, that should raise alarms."

It all comes as the president is raging away at the media, with a fiery speech and a Twitter attack on two MSNBC hosts that was so coarse, members of his own party were stunned.

"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," Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME said.

For many critics, it hearkened back to the campaign when team Trump was at times accused of sharing material promulgated by racists and inciting violence.

The campaign always denied the accusations, especially those about violence. His deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders did it again just last week.

“The president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. If anything, quite the contrary," Sanders said.

In CNN's official response to the new video, however, the network said "Clearly, Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied."

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