*The White House has released a statement on Donald Trump’s Tuesday morning retweet of a cartoon “Trump Train” mowing down a pedestrian with a CNN logo superimposed on the body.
— SL (@SLandinSoCal) August 15, 2017
The tasteless image comes in the wake of violent protests at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, where 32-year-old paralegal Heather Heyer was killed when a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
The retweet with CNN superimposed was quickly deleted, and a White House official stated it was “inadvertently posted and as soon [as] it was noticed it was immediately deleted.”
But criticism over the retweet and its timing just days after Heyer’s death had already taken root.
— David Beard (@dabeard) August 15, 2017
I can’t believe this is an image the president is promoting. pic.twitter.com/XLWG0h59Zr
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) August 15, 2017
The original cartoon depicted a Democrat, symbolized by a donkey head, unable to stop the “Trump Train.”
Original Trump Train image was a cartoon by Gary Varvel was of Democrats trying to stop Trump pic.twitter.com/9k4TpcSgQl
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 15, 2017