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Smackdown! Trump's insult act comes from pro wrestling hype

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/3/2017 By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sunday, April 1, 2007, file photo, Donald Trump raises the arm of wrestler Bobby Lashley after he defeated Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. Trump body-slammed and then shaved the head of WWE boss Vince McMahon after what was known as the “Battle of the Billionaires." Wrestling aficionados say the president has, consciously or not, long borrowed the time-tested tactics of the game to cultivate the ultimate antihero character, a figure who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sunday, April 1, 2007, file photo, Donald Trump raises the arm of wrestler Bobby Lashley after he defeated Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. Trump body-slammed and then shaved the head of WWE boss Vince McMahon after what was known as the “Battle of the Billionaires." Wrestling aficionados say the president has, consciously or not, long borrowed the time-tested tactics of the game to cultivate the ultimate antihero character, a figure who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's recent attacks on television personalities, journalists and political rivals feel like something straight out of the pro wrestling circuit. And that may not be a coincidence.

Trump has long been associated with the game. And wrestling aficionados say he has borrowed its time-tested tactics to cultivate the ultimate antihero character. That's someone who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody's rules but his own.

On Sunday, Trump's apparent fondness for wrestling emerged again. He tweeted mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit outside a wrestling ring. The man's face is obscured by the CNN logo.

The video appeared to be a doctored version of Trump's 2007 appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

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