A new Trump/CNN gif/video hit the internet again early this morning, just three days after Donald Trump’s original tweet that used a Reddit user’s gif, which made it look like he was attacking CNN.
How did we get here?
The whole thing started with Trump’s tweet, which many thought was funny and many thought was inappropriate.
Then, news began to leak about the original creator of the content, Reddit-user HanAssholeSolo. It turns out the user was responsible for some racist, antisemitic and Islamophobic posts in the past, according to The Guardian. The user wrote an apology on Reddit on Tuesday.
Later Tuesday, people began to question CNN’s methods for tracking down the person behind the Reddit posts, and the hashtag #CNNBlackMail was born.
Here is the statement that started the cries of “blackmail”:
CNN is not publishing ‘HanA**holeSolo’s name because he is a private citizen, who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again…CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.