After Charlottesville Car Attack, Trump Retweets Image of CNN Reporter Struck by Train

He also retweeted a post calling either him or Joe Arpaio a fascist. Both have since been deleted.

Apparently still seething from his press conference Monday where he was forced to finally condemn white nationalists by name, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to retweet two ill-advised posts: The subject of the first is a bit unclear, but it described either the president or disgraced former sheriff Joe Arpaio as a fascist, while the second featured a meme of a speeding train striking a CNN journalist. Both of the president’s retweets have since been deleted.

The first retweet, which was responding to a Fox News story that reported Trump is considering pardoning Arpaio, was possibly accidental. The meme he retweeted, however, fits squarely with Trump’s signature bashing of the mainstream media. It comes just days after Heather Heyer was killed in the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a suspected white supremacist rammed a vehicle through a crowd of counterprotesters.


On Monday, Trump bowed to intense pressure from both sides of the aisle to directly denounce hate groups in the wake of the Charlottesville violence. Shortly after the press conference concluded, Trump lashed out at CNN’s Jim Acosta and called him “fake news.”


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