Reddit User Behind Trump’s CNN Wrestling Video Apologizes
(JTA) — The Reddit user who claimed responsibility for the altered video depicting President Donald Trump body slamming someone with CNN superimposed over his head has apologized for the video.
The Reddit user who goes by the handle “HanAssholeSolo” also apologized for other offensive content he posted, which included anti-Semitic and racist imagery, CNN reported Tuesday evening. He also has removed that content from his Reddit account, according to CNN.
CNN’s KFIle reported that it discovered the identity of the man by using identifying information in his Reddit account and investigating the biographical data garnered from it. Shortly after CNN first attempted to contact him by phone and email, the man posted his apology on Reddit.
The ADL say s the use has a history of racism, anti-Semitism and incitement to violence. CNN said it had decided not to publish his name out of fears for his safety.
“I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life,” the user said.
Trump tweeted the gif, or graphics interchange format — a short video that is friendly to multiple platforms — on Sunday.