President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., blasted CNN in a series of tweets on Wednesday over reports the news network threatened to publish the identity of a Reddit user who created a video that went viral after the president tweeted it.
Trump Jr. accused the network of trying to "bully" HanAssholeSolo, the Redditor behind a meme of President Trump tackling a person with CNN's logo superimposed on his face, in a series of tweets Wednesday morning.
CNN reporters have described the user as a "middle-aged man," but the president's son said the network was "threatening" a teenager, using a trending hashtag accusing CNN of blackmail.
The president drew criticism when he first tweeted the edited video, which shows him during his professional wrestling days attacking a man whose face has been covered with CNN's logo. CNN said it wasn't publishing the video creator's name because he has apologized.
Trump Jr. also attacked the CNN reporter behind the story, Andrew Kaczynski, retweeting another Twitter user who called him a "bottom-feeder."
Trump Jr. expressed frustration that CNN would "track down" a meme creator on Reddit while ignoring bigger news stories that conservatives have argued get little coverage.
Liberals and conservatives have both condemned CNN for stating it "reserves the right" to publish the identity of HanAssholeSolo at any point in the future.
I can't emphasize how bad this is on CNN's part. This is basically "don't post stuff we don't like or we'll dox you." Extremely unethical. pic.twitter.com/5bJZIZasH0— German Lopez (@germanrlopez) July 5, 2017
The Reddit user who posted the meme apologized in a now-deleted post on the website, apparently after being contacted by CNN. In his post, he apologizes to CNN and other journalists.
"The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation," HanAssholeSolo wrote.
"I had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President’s Twitter feed."
CNN is one of the president's favorite targets for accusations of "fake news." The network recently retracted a story on a Trump associate's alleged dealings with a Russian state bank. Three CNN journalists resigned after the retraction.