President Trump promoted a video Saturday showing a local TV reporter being harassed by protesters rallying against restrictions imposed to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Trump shared the video from his Twitter account for the second time in 12 hours, despite having come under fire from reporters after first sharing the clip Friday evening.
In an excerpt Mr. Vesey shared on Twitter, several protesters are seen confronting the TV reporter and berating him with insults and taunts of “traitor” and “you’re the virus” before the clip concludes with a crowd chanting the phrase “fake news is not essential.”
Mr. Trump first shared Mr. Vesey’s tweet on Twitter late Friday, adding in capital letters: “FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL!”
Other reporters criticized the president in the interim for having amplified what Mr. Vesey described as an “alarming” level of anger directed by the protesters at the media.