Critics pounce on Trump after CNN wrestling tweet

The imagery Trump used was first apparently posted on Reddit.

"I never minded a good 'fight' w the press. It's part of our democracy to disagree. But this goes too far," Fleischer wrote in a four part comment on Twitter. "Some will think it's funny. I find it in poor taste."

Fleischer added that he wants to see Trump's contentious relationship with the press softened.

"The Press should be more fair to Trump. And the President should tone things down," he concluded.

"Where will [Trump's] downward spiral take us?" Schiff asked.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California's 15th Congressional District addressed his Republican colleagues on Twitter, saying, "You were elected to be a check on power. Check it, or you condone it."

John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary magazine and a conservative-leaning critic of the president, compared the tweet to the 2006 Mike Judge–directed satire "Idiocracy," which explores the possibility of a future in which everyone in America has gotten palpably dumber in part because of the degeneration of our culture.

"We're finished," Podhoretz wrote, after referring to a plot point in the comedy in which it's discovered that people have been trying to water crops with an energy drink.

The origin of the clip

The video appears to have originated from a highly popular Reddit page dedicated to Trump called The_Donald, where many of the president’s online supporters converge.

The user posted an exuberant, if expletive-laden response to the news that Trump used his video in a tweet.

"I wake up and have my morning coffee and who retweets my [post] but the MAGA EMPORER [sic] himself!!!" the user wrote.