Reddit user HanAssholeSolo, the creator of a GIF depicting President Trump wrestling a man with CNN’s logo superimposed on his head—a version of which the president himself tweeted on Sunday—posted an apology for the GIF, the controversy surrounding it, and previous anti-Semitic and racist posts on Reddit, where he had first posted the CNN GIF:
I do not advocate violence against the press and the meme I posted was in no way advocating that in any way, shape, or form. Our first amendment protects the press from things like violence, and we as American citizens should respect that even if the opinions of the press are not in line with our own. The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation. …
So to the members of this community, this site, the media (especially CNN), and anyone offended by the posts, again, I apologize. This is one individual that you will not see posting hurtful or hateful things in jest online.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski covered the apology (which was deleted from Reddit) in an article that detailed the network’s effort to identify HanAssholeSolo and suggested that his identity could be revealed should he continue to post material CNN finds distasteful:
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. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.