…The president who stole image and re-posted, meanwhile, does not.

By Andrew J. Pridgen

So here we are in upside down world week 34 and a Reddit user named “HanAssholeSolo”, who created the video of president Trump body slamming a man with a CNN logo superimposed on his head, says he’s sorry.

The president himself, who tweeted the gif out over the holiday weekend, has yet to apologize.

Trump’s wrestling tweet came exactly a year to the day after he tweeted (and removed) anti-Semitic imagery attacking Hillary Clinton.

The most recent tweet also raised some eyebrows about how the president acquires and uses images. In other words, his thinly veiled calls for violence aren’t even his own to use.

HanAssholeSolo was originally pretty psyched his image was stolen and used by the president: “I wake up and have my morning coffee and who retweets my shitpost but the MAGA EMPORER [sic] himself!!! I am honored!!”

But euphoria was short-lived as he was outed for past screeds and anti-Semitic posts including an image posted in June showing CNN hosts and employees, each with a star of David attached and with the caption: “Something strange about CNN …can’t quite put my finger on it.”

CNN found his name using his Reddit ID and a Facebook search but decided to withhold it.

His apology for the meme, which was later taken down by the /The_Donald subreddit, read as follows:

“First of all, I would like to apologize to the members of the reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened.I would also like to apologize for the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic. I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life. I am not the person that the media portrays me to be in real life, I was trolling and posting things to get a reaction from the subs on reddit and never meant any of the hateful things I said in those posts. I would never support any kind of violence or actions against others simply for what they believe in, their religion, or the lifestyle they choose to have. Nor would I carry out any violence against anyone based upon that or support anyone who did.

“The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation. I had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President’s Twitter feed. It was a prank, nothing more. What the President’s feed showed was not the original post that was posted here, but loaded up somewhere else and sound added to it then sent out on Twitter. I thought it was the original post that was made and that is why I took credit for it. I have the highest respect for the journalist community and they put their lives on the line every day with the jobs that they do in reporting the news.”

Everyone should read Dale Beran’s 4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump to get an understanding of the subculture that has spawned memes like this and why/how this Reddit user and the millions like him gave Trump a platform and exalt in his awfulness. Warning: It’s scary shit.

Also this is the same group of lost boys and bots who got #CNNBlackmail to trend in the wake of the apology because they thought it was forced due to “threats” from CNN (from a story about the user CNN itself posted.)

Meantime, writer Mikki Kendall has a different theory, that CNN is protecting a white kid whose family would likely be embarrassed by his actions online and that his contrition is ginned up. Seems reasonable, especially considering his initial reaction was anything but sorrowful:

The White House Wednesday denied Trump got the video he tweeted from Reddit, because, of course they did.

Andrew J. Pridgen helps run sister site Death of the Press Box and is the author of the novella “Burgundy Upholstery Sky”. His first full-length novel will be released in late-2017.