President Trump retweeted a tampered GIF showing Trump striking Hillary in the back with a golf ball and knocking her. The reaction was predictable for his post last Sunday. Supporters were glad, and critics were outraged.
Perhaps it was just Trump’s way of hitting back after Clinton called him a “clear and present danger” to American democracy and noted that she won 2.9 million more votes than he did. The post struck people two days before Trump is to deliver his first address at the UN General Assembly.
It is expected that the gathering will focus on North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat and other issues. Even though Trump talked to South Korea’s president and mocked North Korea, still the golf GIF grabbed the most attention.
The GIF shows Trump, in white pants, teeing up and swinging a club and a flying golf ball striking Clinton in the back as she steps aboard an aircraft. A day after Hillary’s book appeared in stores Tuesday. Trump Tweeted that “Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody but herself for her election loss.”
Clinton’s camp was denounced, with spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, accusing her of pushing “false narratives.”
Clinton admits numerous personal mistakes in the book. But she also says Russian meddling helped Trump in the campaign. Clinton responded to Trump’s midweek tweets by suggesting he read her earlier book, “It takes a Village,” a picture book for children.
This is just a Joke
Trump and his supporters describe memes like the golf-ball GIF as jokes. On Sunday, a former Trump campaign strategist, David Urban, brushed off the latest controversy.
“Retweets do not equal endorsements”, he said on CNN’s State of the Union.
The president’s fans painted the president’s detractors as humorless or hypocrites, pointing to comedian Kathy Griffin’s post in May of a picture of he holding a cut-off head of Trump.