Reporter Threatened After Naming Trump’s CNN-Wrestling Video Maker

“Make no mistake, there’s something growing in this country, and it is very, very ugly,” Jared Yates Sexton says

Last Updated: July 3, 2017 @ 4:59 PM

A reporter says he discovered the person who made the CNN-WWE video that President Trump tweeted over the weekend — and now he’s paying the price.

Jared Yates Sexton took to Twitter on Monday to detail threats that have been made against him.

Sexton, a journalist who teaches at Georgia Southern University, reported on Sunday that a Reddit user named “HanAssholeSolo” created the video that Trump tweeted. The same user also created an image identifying all of CNN’s Jewish employees.

Sexton started his 17-tweet description of what has taken place since he identified “HanAssholeSolo” by writing, “I’d like to give a little insight into what it’s like being a journalist in 2017 and why Trump’s rhetoric is incredibly dangerous.”

Sexton calls other work by “HanAssholeSolo” as being “obviously racist” and said, “I was told people wanted to shoot, strangle me, hang me, throw me out of a helicopter.”

He continued: “This environment we have right now is volatile. Some of these threats are empty, but people who are unwell consume this stuff… This shouldn’t be a country where these violent instincts are cultivated and encouraged. We’re at a real tipping point right now.”

He concluded by writing, “There’s something growing in this country, and it is very, very ugly.”

Trump continued his run of bizarre Twitter behavior on Sunday, tweeting a right-wing video meme that imagined himself body-slamming and pummeling a man with a CNN logo for a head.

The footage — a grainy mirror image of a scene from a 2007 WrestleMania stunt involving Trump and WWE CEO Vince McMahon — shows a pink-tie-wearing Trump jumping a suited figure on the side of a wrestling ring, tossing him to the ground and then punching him in the face before walking away in triumph.

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