Friday 15 December 2017

Donald Trump’s CNN video appears to come from a reddit user with a history of racist posts

It wouldn’t be the first time Trump’s social media feed has been linked with an infamous subreddit.

(Evan Vucci/AP)
(Evan Vucci/AP)

By Kameron Virk

The video Donald Trump posted on Sunday showing a spoof of him beating up CNN appears to come from a reddit user with a history of racist posts.

The US President uploaded a clip that showed him bodyslamming WWE chief Vince McMahon at a wrestling event in 2007 with the CNN logo superimposed on top.

Reddit user HanAssholeSolo posted the gif five days ago to a controversial pro-Trump subreddit called The_Donald and has taken credit for it since Trump tweeted out an edited version.

“I wake up and have my morning coffee and who retweets my shitpost but the MAGA EMPORER himself!!! I am honored!!” HanAssholeSolo wrote, before posting this.

Critics have suggested the video promotes violence against the media, with Trump using a post a few hours after that one to further attack the “fake” and “dishonest” media.

It is not the first HanAssholeSolo reddit post to focus on CNN, with one from June showing an image of CNN staff all with a Star of David next to them.

A look through the user’s reddit feed shows comments with anti-Islamic sentiment as well as racist statements about African Americans.

On a post about Americans spending more on mother’s day than father’s day, HanAssholeSolo said: “That’s because most blacks don’t know who their fathers are so the average would be statistically smaller.”

It has been reported by American news site Politico that Trump’s social media team has monitored reddit, including The_Donald subreddit, though the Trump administration said they do not employ anyone full-time to monitor social media.

Trump’s tweets have previously appeared to take inspiration from reddit, with a point the president made about Rosie O’Donnell being flagged on the site not long before it was posted to Trump’s 32 million followers.

Trump, who has been criticised on other parts of the internet for posting the video, took part in a Q&A with The_Donald last July.

The subreddit has often been criticised for hosting misogynistic and racist material.

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