It’s a big week for President Donald Trump. He will appear before the U.N. General Assembly, the first such visit of his presidency. The session comes at a time when the United States is on the cusp of crucial foreign policy decisions: North Korea continues to provoke by firing missiles over Japan, and Trump plans to refine his overall strategy on Iran.
Serious work beckons, but so does Twitter, and on Sunday morning the temptation to share a fan’s GIF that showed Trump golfing and the ball striking Hillary Clinton proved too much to resist.
Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary pic.twitter.com/vKhxxFCBV1
— Mike (@Fuctupmind) September 14, 2017
The tweet stoked outrage online, generating more than 11,000 replies, many of which condemned the president’s promotion of violent imagery toward Clinton, who, as a former first lady, has lifetime Secret Service protection.
Trump chipping away at the dignity of the office, one tweet at a time. He knows this stuff is going into history books for all time, right?
— Alexander Cass (@AlexDCass) September 17, 2017
But it was also celebrated by Trump supporters, who admonished “crooked Hillary” and accused Trump’s critics of lacking a sense of humor.
Get a sense of freaking humor. Everyone on the LEFT defended stupid Kathy Griffin when she held a “severed” head & said it was comedy!?
— Lisa Smith (@lsmith4680) September 17, 2017
The GIF, which was created by splicing two videos, shows Trump swinging a golf club and the ball striking Clinton in the back as she boards a plane, knocking her forward. The imagery of Clinton tripping in the aircraft’s doorway was from 2011, shot when she boarded a flight in Yemen.
It is not the first time one of the president’s tweets has made light of violence. Last month he retweeted an image of a train running over a cartoon person with a CNN logo over their head. A White House official said at the time that the tweet had been posted inadvertently, and the image was deleted.
In July, Trump posted a video of him body slamming a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his head.
The post with the golfing GIF on Sunday was just one of several eclectic tweets that Trump sent, hours before his trip to New York, where he will address global leaders.
In one, he referred to a conversation with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea.
I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2017
As is Trump’s habit, he also paused to retweet images created by one of his fans.
— Trumpism 5.0™ (@Team_Trump45) September 17, 2017
Twitter is fertile ground for insults and other aggressive behavior, and the president’s contributions have been numerous.
His Twitter profile, however, appears to be a source of pride for Trump. One of his tweets Sunday morning shared a link to a Bloomberg article.
What Is Trump worth to Twitter? One analyst estimates $2 billion https://t.co/knniVpqr35 pic.twitter.com/djkZiRk5nL
— Bloomberg Markets (@markets) August 18, 2017
It argued that Twitter would take a big hit in market value if Trump were not tweeting.
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