CNN extorted apology from creator of Trump wrestling gif

Sanders has yet to comment on Trump's tweet but Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert told ABC News he was'pretty proud of the president for developing a... social media platform where he can talk directly to the American people

Trump has frequently attacked CNN as "fake news", and some - including a CNN spokesperson - suggested the tweet escalated those criticisms to "encourage violence against reporters". The GIF itself appears to be sourced from Wrestlemania 23 in 2007, where Trump was pitted against the WWE chairman Vince McMahon.

The US President caused outrage when he posted the clip on Twitter on Sunday, and was accused of "encouraging violence" against journalists.

Numerous memes and tweets under the #CNNblackmail trend amount to jokes and victory laps by notable users who are known to be supportive of Trump and hostile to mainstream media outlets.

Kaczynski's report included HanAssholeSolo's apology that was posted to a subreddit called /The_Donald, in which he lamented "the posts made that were racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic".

For now, CNN has chosen not to publicly identify who he is though reserves the right to do so.

A bold claim of blackmail and extortion by CNN lit up social media Wednesday. Barack Obama went farther, by the way, in that meeting with Vladimir Putin, then President Trump is promising to do himself. Still understandable if they choose to withhold. Mr Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, entered the fray with the hashtag "CNNBlackMail".

"Honestly, the reason I think this is so notable, Chris Cillizza, is because this is a very full-throated I think genuine honest apology", Camerota said.

UPDATE (7/4 @ 8:34 AM ET): On Wednesday morning, Kaczynski tweeted out some details of the user: "Need to point out again HanAssholeSolo is a middle aged man. People claiming he's 15 are wrong". They confirmed this person's identity.

Reddit page that supports President Trump removed the apology. "Any assertion that the network blackmailed or coerced him is false".

CNN seemed to broker a deal with the Reddit user who apologized for creating the video. "I was not threatened in anyway". "I hope it does serve others as an inspiration to stop". A CNN investigation ultimately uncovered the person's real-life identity.

The apology comes one day after CNN was able to identify the person behind the username and attempted to contact him, but calls and emails were not returned by the user.

"First of all, I would like to apologize to the members of the reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened", he wrote. The creator apologized for his behavior in a now deleted post.

Adding to the drama, however, is the question of how this video wound up in Mr Trump's hands in the first place.

How quickly the Internet tides turn: CNN is facing a backlash for its handling of a story about the Reddit user who created the video depicting President Donald Trump delivering a bodyslam to CNN. It also has sound, which HanA**holeSolo's does not.

Originally from Reddit, HanAssholeSolo took credit for inspiring the tweet.

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