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Redditor Who Originated Donald Trump's CNN-Beating GIF Apologizes For "Prank"

05 Juillet 2017

"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", the user wrote. It was drawn from a staged encounter years ago between wrestling impresario Vince McMahon and Trump, who are friends. "#FraudNewsCNN", the president tweeted, echoing his oft-repeated message that "fake news" is prevalent in the mainstream media. "I am honored!" MAGA is an acronym for the President's campaign slogan: "Make America great again", the article claimed. Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said on ABC's This Week that "no one would perceive" the tweet as a threat. The uploaded GIF shows the President of the United States taking down a person with the CNN logo emblazoned on his face.

After Trump tweeted the video on Sunday, "HanA**holeSolo" posted on Reddit and said he was "honored", writing "Holy s-! It was a prank, nothing more", he also wrote.

After Sexton started tweeting the posts, he himself received death threats, he told HuffPost.

On Tuesday, HanAssholeSolo took to /TheDonald to apologize for his earlier posts.

The apology has since been taken down by the moderators of /The_Donald subreddit. Screenshots of the apology remain online.

On Tuesday, the Redditor, remaining anonymous, was remorseful, saying they don't advocate violence against the press.

"I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people from all walks of life and have done so for my entire life".

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In the apology, the user says he is not anti-Semitic and does not condone violence against the media or anyone else.

In a lengthy post on Reddit, the user apologized and said he does not support violence against the press.

Shortly after CNN first attempted to contact him by phone and email, the man posted his apology on Reddit and then called CNN, which said Tuesday evening that it decided not to reveal his name because he said he feared for his personal safety and the damage it would do to his reputation and that of his family. The next day, the apology was issued on Reddit and the user reportedly contacted CNN.

After posting his apology, "HanA**holeSolo" called CNN's KFile and confirmed his identity.

Redditors on /TheDonald have accused CNN of blackmailing the user ― coercing them to apologize by threatening to "doxx" them, Internet slang for exposing someone's identity.

CNN has come under fire for suggesting it will publish the identity of a private citizen if he behaves in a way that displeases the network.

"Nevertheless, a swift backlash on social media ensued, with users accusing CNN of engaging in "extremely unethical" behavior and using the hashtag "#CNNBlackmail".

Redditor Who Originated Donald Trump's CNN-Beating GIF Apologizes For