President Donald Trump retweeted a doctored video Sunday showing him knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball, prompting another round of head-shaking and outrage from critics.
The GIF, which combines clips of Trump hitting a golf ball with Clinton stumbling on a plane — which happened in 2011, when she was secretary of state — had been posted by a vocal Trump supporter with a vulgar Twitter handle and a history of posting angry, disparaging rhetoric toward minorities.
Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillarypic.twitter.com/vKhxxFCBV1
— CNN SUCKS (@Fuctupmind) September 14, 2017
“The President of the United States just retweeted a video vignette that imagines him assaulting his political rival. The man is unfit,” tweeted Walter Shaub, the former Office of Government Ethics director who resigned in July.
Others quickly chimed in, some comparing it to comedian Kathy Griffin’s anti-Trump imagery earlier this year, which was widely denounced by both conservatives and liberals:
When Kathy Griffin fantasized about doing violence to him, Trump demanded the whole nation share his outrage. Most did. And now … https://t.co/ypD9OIFniS
— David Frum (@davidfrum) September 17, 2017
Trump fans roared their anger at Kathy Griffin over unseemly photo. Will they join Hillary fans in expressing anger at Trump retweet?
— David Gergen (@David_Gergen) September 17, 2017
Trump’s tweet of ball hitting Clinton was unpresidential, crude and a seeming promotion of violence against women. Shame.
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) September 17, 2017
So who’s in charge at Pennsylvania Ave. Jr. High?
Trump retweets video hitting Clinton with golf ball @CNNPoliticshttps://t.co/Hxe4flTNeB
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) September 17, 2017
Many were upset over the implied act of violence against Clinton. Just last week, notorious “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli had his bail revoked and was ordered jailedafter Facebook posts that threatened Clinton, offering a bounty for locks of her hair. While Shkreli claimed it was a joke, the Secret Service opened an inquiry into the matter, and a judge agreed he was a danger to the public.
On Tuesday, Clinton released “What Happened,” her memoir of last year’s election, which topped Amazon.com’s AMZN, -0.55% bestseller list this week. In the book, she called Trump “a creep”
Trump tweeted more than a dozen times early Sunday morning, including a number of retweets of pro-Trump memes, before traveling to New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting. He also referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” in one.
I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017