Donald Trump on Tuesday retweeted and quickly deleted a cartoon image appearing to show a train running over what is meant to be a CNN reporter, sparking immediate backlash in the wake of the Charlottesville violence which took place just days before.
Trump RT'd this pic showing a CNN journalist hit by a train days after a white nationalist ran his car into activists, killed Heather Heyer. pic.twitter.com/tWjdoE70AS— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 15, 2017
The cartoon depicts a "Trump" train running over a man whose face is covered by CNN's logo.
"Nothing can stop the #TrumpTrain!!," wrote the Trump supporter who posted the image.
The tweet comes just days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent, with a car plowing into a crowd of counterprotestors and killing Heather Heyer, 32. Nineteen others were injured in the attack. An Ohio man has been charged with second-degree murder in the crash, the New York Times reports.
Trump was criticized after the fact for failing to directly condemn the hate groups involved in the violence by name, which he eventually did in a televised statement Monday, denouncing the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.
After making his statement, he took to Twitter to condemn the media.
"Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people!" he wrote.
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