Some in the national media are bemoaning the state of America while the rest of the country prepares to celebrate Independence Day.

Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Katty Kay, a British journalist with the BBC, reacted to President Trump's tweet from the weekend that included an old WWE video showing him tackling a WWE wrestler with a CNN logo superimposed over his head.

"This is getting a huge amount of coverage in other countries and looks totally crazy," Kay said. "It really looks like America has gone off the reservation in some ways. I don't mean the president. I mean the whole coverage of it, the fact that this is all that anybody is talking about at a time when there are huge issues going on around the world. this is pre-occupying the country."

At the New York Times, media columnist Jim Rutenberg said the tweet "appeared to promote violence against CNN," the latest in a series of broadsides from the White House against the press.

Rutenberg said Trump's blows on the media cast a shadow on Independence Day.

"You're old enough to know that you can't always have a feel-good birthday," he wrote. "And let's face it: This Fourth of July just isn't going to be one of them."

Charles Blow, also at the Times, wrote Monday that Trump is "holding America hostage" because the presidency "has been hijacked."

Last week, the Republican-controlled House passed two bills that aim to increase prison sentences for illegal immigrants who re-enter the country after being deported and threaten to restrict federal funds from sanctuary cities.

In the Times' news pages, the paper ran a story on Central Americans who are now "scared" to illegally cross into the U.S. and instead choose "to sit tight and endure the poverty and violence that have driven hundreds of thousands to seek work and sanctuary in the United States in recent years."

Likewise, USA Today published a story about immigrants "facing new reality this Independence Day," in part because Trump "continues to focus on the negative aspects of immigration."

And on Friday, ahead of the long weekend, the Washington Post ran a piece by its political cartoonist, Ann Telnaes, showing the presidential seal.

It was being eaten from the edges by red-eyed rats.