Two retweets by President Donald Trump are sparking fresh criticism of the president for the information and sentiments he is sharing on social media.
CNN reported Tuesday morning that Trump had retweeted and promptly deleted a cartoon showing a “Trump Train” hitting a person with a CNN logo for a head.
“Nothing can stop the #TrumpTrain!!” the user who posted the image wrote in response to one of Trump’s early morning tweets. She posted nine other images praising Trump and denouncing "liberal violence" in the same thread.
She later took issue with media reports describing the train as "running over" the reporter. "The reporter is trying to stop it- feet popping ties," she explained, adding #FakeNews.
Trump denounced CNN as “fake news” Monday when reporter Jim Acosta attempted to question him about his delayed condemnation of white nationalist hate groups. The president has previously been criticized for sharing a video of himself bodyslamming a CNN logo, which some interpreted as support for violence against journalists.
Many Twitter users noted that the imagery of a reporter being run over by a train follows a white supremacist allegedly ramming his car into counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday, killing one.
“If you're just waking up, Trump is still President. And yes, he's still unfit to be President. Happy Tuesday,” CNN contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro tweeted in response.
On Monday night, hours after Trump made his most explicit denunciation yet of the white nationalist groups involved in Saturday’s violence, he retweeted and deleted a post by Jack Posobiec, a conservative activist who has frequently promoted right wing conspiracy theories.
“Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?” Posobiec wrote.
The activist is known for, among other things, livestreaming a visit to the pizza shop at the center of the false Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which alleged that supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were running a child sex-trafficking ring out of the basement of a D.C. restaurant.
Posobiec posted a video celebrating Trump's retweet.
Posobiec has also pushed the claim that the Democratic National Committee was responsible for the death of staffer Seth Rich, who was killed last summer in what police believe was a robbery attempt.
The Anti-Defamation League classifies Posobiec as "Alt-Lite," defined as a “loosely-connected movement whose adherents generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the alt-right in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others.” He has at times denounced hate groups and bigotry.
Trump’s amplification of Posobiec, who was granted White House press credentials earlier this year and attempted to ask the president about the Seth Rich storyduring a White House event in May, has raised doubt about his condemnation of the alt-right earlier in the day and his ongoing crusade against "fake news."
The president was criticized throughout his campaign for several instances in which he retweeted offensive images and false statistics.