President Trump retweets GIF of him hitting Clinton with golf ball

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump retweeted an edited video Sunday morning that showed him swinging a golf club and appearing to hit his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.

The animated GIF image Trump retweeted spliced together footage of Trump taking a swing on a golf course with footage of Clinton tripping and falling as she boarded a plane in 2011 as secretary of state. The footage is edited to make it appear as though Clinton is hit in the back with a golf ball before her fall.

The tweet revealed a President still reverting to his old social media habits, namely, those likely to earn him quick criticism, less than two months after retired Gen. John Kelly took over as White House chief of staff.

While Kelly has not sought to stop Trump from tweeting, he has encouraged the President to allow him to vet the tweets before posting them — a request Trump has sometimes acquiesced to.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday about the President’s tweet and whether Kelly was aware of it.

A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton declined to comment on the tweet.

Former Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub, who repeatedly criticized the administration about potential conflicts of interest before resigning in July, slammed Trump for the retweet and said he reported it to Twitter for violating the social media platform’s rules of conduct.

“The President of the United States just retweeted a video vignette that imagines him assaulting his political rival. The man is unfit,” tweeted Shaub, who joined the ethics office as a staff attorney early during the George W. Bush administration and was appointed as the office’s director by President Barack Obama.

The tweet, which came as Trump prepares to head to New York for a critical round of powerhouse diplomacy with world leaders at the United Nations, followed a week during which Clinton reemerged in the spotlight as she promoted her new book, “What Happened,” about the 2016 campaign, reviving her fiercest criticisms of Trump and his supporters and reigniting the debate about her stunning, unanticipated loss.

Trump slammed Clinton over her new book earlier this week too, tweeting that she “blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss.”

Trump slammed Clinton over her new book earlier this week too, tweeting that she “blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss.”

Those other tweets included an image predicting Trump would win every state for reelection in 2020, another showing Trump hauling US companies that have outsourced manufacturing abroad and a tweet claiming that “only true Americans can see that president Trump is making America great.”

South Korea call

Trump also took to Twitter Sunday morning to tweet about his call late Saturday night with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the ongoing tensions with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

“I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing,” Trump tweeted, appearing to offer a new moniker for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”

Both leaders’ offices said Trump and Moon pledged during their call to work with the international community to ramp up pressure on the North Korean regime, which has so far been undeterred in advancing its nuclear and ballistic missile program despite a tightening of international sanctions.

Trump’s retweeting spree also came on the heels of a week during which he drew criticism from pockets of his political base as he signaled he was close to a deal with Democrats to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation in exchange for border security measures but not funding for the border wall at the center of his campaign.

Trump has promised to rescind protections for those undocumented immigrants and said during the campaign they would have to be deported. Grassroots conservative supporters of the President also fumed that Trump would grant legal status to those undocumented immigrants without securing funding for the border wall, which he continues to promise will be built despite a lack of support in Congress.

24 comments

  • hot air

    It’s too funny to me that you trump-ists think he really dislikes her. It’s YOU, the poor, lower-class scum that he dislikes! He and HRC and Bill are best of friends — there are tons of pictures of them together through the years hugging and kissing at social events (including one of trump’s many weddings (good christian he is). All he cares about is throwing you red meat for his ego. Wake up.

    • Georgetown citizen

      Here we go again. Democrats (I would assume) who hate trump because he is a racist and a bully yet can call all trump supporters poor and uneducated. You are all the largest bunch of hypocrites around. You may want to think before you type. Wouldn’t want to seem like an idiot like one of us just assuming things without knowing what type of people we really are.

      • hot air

        I’m telling you HIS opinion of you, NOT mine. He has no interest whatsoever at all in working class Americans. He has only disdain for the lower and middle class. His business practices prove this a thousand times over.

  • toddler-in-chief

    Our toddler-in-chief has to go to timeout again. It really is a sad day when you have to guard your children form the President as a role model.

    • Jose vasquez

      dude…. thats like saying hitler just had a sense of pride in his race. posts like this are so much more than just a mediocre excuse for a funny video snipet. they show his true colors as being a reallllllly sore winner of something that shouldn’t even be relevant anymore. the past election is just that, in the past lets start thinking about leaving it there please. Dems aren’t sore about losing, we just fear for our lives on a daily basis. Our president is a bonafide man-child, how can we expect him to worry about serious matters like North Korea when these are the things he’s looking at and thinking about? He’s the president now and he really needs to start acting like some kind of respectable leader for his whiole country, not just his cult-like following.

      • Lance

        Really jose! You got hildabeast still moaning about losing every chance she gets. Writing a book about it talk shows etc. She even has a website!You also have guys like bill Maher that havent gotten over the election mouthing off on his show weekly. Dems are whining about Russia and looking like they have no direction. So Trump tweeted this. Big deal. Just deal with it

      • blah

        bill’s show would be an eye-opener to conservatives if they weren’t so close minded. if you guys had a republican host like that he would get so much praise. and bill might mouth off on occasion but it always has a point and its realistic thinking.

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    I love how he single handedly owns the freakin media.

    It’s great.

    A president hated by social media that used social media to win. Brilliant.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        Oh ya. Cuz it’s gotten SO MUCH worse sense obozo left, right?

        Things might be bad, but they aren’t worse.

      • Jose vasquez

        lloyd is that what you were shooting for by electing a conceited, arrogant, narcissistic, bigot? just not worse? i was at least hoping to see some positive gain for our country and the way we treat each other but bad is really all we got…

      • Jose vasquez

        oh and cant forget racist. ya know the common mind frame and value in this area. this website is as far as you have to go to realize that being a racist is perfectly acceptable and embraced around here. it’s childish, naive and just makes me sick everyday to have to call my self a local born and raised.

  • Georgetown citizen

    I’m glad our president has a sense of humor. Cry baby liberals don’t understand he doesn’t care what they think of him or how they continue to try to tear him apart in the media. Yet it was OK when idiot Obama treated the presidency like he was a movie star. Making appearances on late night TV and living it up at baseball games with that hideous looking wife of his. The media doesn’t get it we continue to stand by him even when they continue to try to destroy him.

  • not a fan

    I’m surprised trump can see the ball over his fat belly.
    That NK tweet shows his ignorance. What an embarrassing twit he is.

      • teach your children well

        “losing and losing”. This isn’t a freaking high school football game. WWIII is on the horizon. Our standing in the world has been reduced to a laughing stock by this child. We are all “losing.” We need sensible adults who can govern responsibly of any party and appreciate putting country over party.

  • Lance

    CNN has no sense of humor. Yeah Trump maybe shouldn’t have retweeted this but he was at his golf course. Plus that was his reaction to comments made in Hillary’s book. Lighten up!

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