Literally days after his father, President Donald Trump, tweeted a video of himself beating up the CNN logo, like a pro wrestler, Trump’s namesake son, Donald Jr., usually called “Don,” just posted a new Top Gun-inspired meme, with the words, “One of the best I’ve seen.”
The video, posted by Donald Trump Jr., shows an edited scene from Tom Cruise’s popular film, Top Gun. The president, whose face is superimposed on Cruise’s “Maverick” character, is seen heading into the danger zone, shooting down an airplane that has the bright red CNN logo emblazoned over the entire airplane.
The Top Gun meme, that Don Trump reposted on Instagram, was originally posted by Old Row Sports, a website owned by Barstool Sports.
A report by Business Insider has argued that such social media posts would qualify Twitter to deactivate or suspend the president’s Twitter account. They point out that the president’s tweet of himself body slamming CNN violates Twitter’s policy that states a user “may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others.”
Yet, Instagram has a stricter policy. They will actually block out swear words and other forms of bullying. According to Wired, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin System blogged that the photo-sharing company he co-founded does not want to use his product to be negative.
“To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment.”
Yet, the Independent reported that Homeland Security Advisor Thomas Bossert does not consider any of this to be a threat. In fact, when he was on the ABC show, This Week, he was asked about the wrestling video, and he declared that he is “pretty proud” of the president.
“So I’m pretty proud of the president for developing a Twitter and a social media platform where he can talk directly to the American people.
“In fact, he’s the most genuine president and the most non-politician president that we’ve seen in my lifetime. And he’s demonstrated – whatever the content of that particular tweet is or any tweet – he’s demonstrated a genuine ability to communicate to the people.”
Yet, recently, the New York Times, a paper that has been antagonized by Trump, recently confirmed that Kathy Griffin was grilled for an “hour” by the Secret Service over a shocking video of her holding up the bloodied head that strongly resembled Donald Trump.
Griffin’s lawyer, specializing in criminal law, confirmed that they are going to “fully cooperate” with the Secret Service. He pointed out that the comedian was “exercising her First Amendment rights” by creating and posting this comedy video.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
The criminal lawyer also pointed out that other entertainers besides Griffin have created videos such as this and have never been grilled by the government or the Secret Service.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 9, 2017
At this time, there does not appear to be a Secret Service investigation into Old World Sports, which created the meme of the plane being shot down.
What are your thoughts about the Top Gun meme of Trump shooting down the CNN plane? Do you think this is appropriate, or would you rather that the family of the president focus on the issues that Americans are facing, such as health care, unemployment, and crime? Please share your thoughts below.
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