Donald Trump has been tweeting up a storm in the aftermath of his coerced repudiation of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. He stunned many early Tuesday morning when he retweeted, then deleted an image of the “Trump Train” ramming a CNN reporter.
The tweet reads: “Nothing can stop the #TrumpTrain!!” At the At the top of the image are the words, “FAKE NEWS CAN’T STOP THE TRUMP TRAIN.”
Trump retweeted this violent image from a woman who is also active on Gab, an alternative Twitter for white nationalists pic.twitter.com/Xopsu0oa0s
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 15, 2017
Really? So much for Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly’s calming influence. This comes three days after white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan and neo Nazis went on a hate-fueled protest in Charlottesville over plans to remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee. Three people were killed, including counter protester Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields. Two police officers were killed when their chopper crashed.
What is really eating at Trump was his encounter with CNN’s Jim Acosta who told him to his face that he also pushed fake news. At a small event with limited press present, Acosta asked Trump why he waited so long to condemn the white supremacists that sparked violence in Charlottesville.
Trump responded that “they have been condemned.” He continued, “I like real news, not fake news. You are fake news.”
Acosta wasn’t having that nonsense. He responded, “Haven’t you spread a lot of fake news yourself, sir?”
Trump also retweeted and then quickly deleted a comment to a Fox & Friends tweet that read, “He’s a fascist, so not unusual”
Tuesday morning Trump also retweeted, then quickly deleted a comment to a “Fox & Friends” tweet, by accident. The tweet was about Trump is considering pardoning former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who also joined Trump in his racist birtherism. Arpaio was found guilty of contempt for refusing to stop racially profiling Latinos.
You will also recall Trump wasted no time attacking Merck CEO Ken Frazier on Monday after he resigned from his advisory board over his response to the Charlottesville white supremacist violence. He did not attack the white CEOs of Intel and Under Armour. Still think Donald Trump’s not a racist?
Here’s a part of Trump’s Twitter page before he deleted the tweets:
— Sarah Zero (@HeySarahZero) August 15, 2017
Reaction on Twitter:
Every Member of Congress must condemn POTUS for posting pic of a vehicle striking a reporter after terrorists used a vehicle to kill a woman pic.twitter.com/ryI1xMc4Nt
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) August 15, 2017
Before 7am, Trump had already re-tweeted an image of a journalist being killed by a train and someone calling Trump a fascist. What's next?
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 15, 2017
In the past 12 hours Trump retweeted a week known Neo-Nazi and a meme of a CNN journalist being run over by a train.
Then deleted both.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 15, 2017
trump tweets and then deletes an image of cnn getting run over by "trump" train. after hit and run in #CharlottesvilleVA ? seriously?
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) August 15, 2017
The "Trump train" tweet that Trump RTd comes from a twitter feed that also includes this: https://t.co/rdNXSbTmCc
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) August 15, 2017
@realDonaldTrump If you don't promote violence, why retweet the Trump train cartoon? You're a violence promoter.
— Bedrock Vike (@TFVagt) August 15, 2017