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After Trump’s CNN ‘fight’ video, #25thAmendmentNow starts trending on Twitter

US President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on July 1, 2017. Trump is returning to Washington, DC to attend the Celebrate Freedom concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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President Donald Trump.

Some Americans were so upset by President Trump’s latest controversial tweet that a hashtag lobbying for his removal from office was trending on Twitter on Sunday night.

The term “#25thAmendmentNow” began trending several hours after Trump tweeted a mock video that shows him pummeling a man — his face obscured by the CNN logo — outside a wrestling ring, along with the message: ‘‘#FraudNewsCNN #FNN.’’

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Some media organizations were alarmed by the outright violence toward journalists portrayed in the video, and CNN accused Trump of engaging in ‘‘juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office.’’

However, a White House aide insisted the tweet should not send a chill across the media landscape.

‘‘I think that no one would perceive that as a threat,’’ homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said. ‘‘I hope they don’t. But I do think that he’s beaten up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to.’’

Still, many condemned Trump’s video online, sparking the #25thAmendmentNow hashtag. The 25th Amendment is a procedure to remove presidents who haven’t committed crimes but are considered unfit to be in office. Cabinet members would first have to certify that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” and then two-thirds of Congress would have to concur for the procedure to take place. The vice president would then become president under the amendment.

However, some were also using the hashtag to defend the president.

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The hashtag also started trending days after US Representative Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, promoted a bill he recently introduced to create a constitutional body to examine Trump’s fitness to be president. The bill has more than 20 sponsors — including James McGovern of Massachusetts, according to Congress.gov.

“In case of emergency, break glass. We need an Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity in order to fulfill the meaning of the 25th [Amendment],” Raskin tweeted Friday.

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Evan Horowitz of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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