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In tweet blitz, Trump defends social media use, blasts 'fake & fraudulent news media'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is renewing his Twitter war against the news media, moving from attacks on two TV hosts to broad condemnation of news media in general.

Trump began another day with tweets critical of MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. On Saturday morning he referred to Scarborough as "Crazy Joe" and Brzezinski as "dumb as a rock."

In the early evening Saturday, the president issued several tweets sniping about news coverage.

Trump says "the fake and fraudulent" news media say he shouldn't use social media. He defends the practice by saying that social media helped him win the election.

Trump also is taking a swipe at a favorite target, CNN. He tweets that he's considering calling the cable news network "Fraud News CNN" instead of "Fake News CNN."



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