Reddit User Behind Trump's CNN Body-slam Video Apologizes

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The now-infamous viral video of Trump beating up a fake CNN reporter.
The now-infamous viral video of Trump beating up a fake CNN reporter.Credit: Donald Trump's Twitter

The Reddit user who created the now viral video of President Donald Trump "beating up CNN" issued a public apology on Reddit Wednesday.

The user, who goes by HanAssholeSolo, posted the video on a pro-Trump subreddit, The_Donald, before Trump tweeted it with slight alterations on Sunday

The apology starts in earnest, with HanAssholeSolo writing, "First of all, I would like to apologize to the members of the reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened. I would also like to apologize for the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic."

HanAssholeSolo called his trolling habits an "addiction as to how far it could go with the posts that were made" and that the worldwide reaction to the video was an "an extreme wake up call." 

"I am in no way this kind of person," he writes, "I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life. I am not the person that the media portrays me to be in real life, I was trolling and posting things to get a reaction."

He defended the original intent behind the video, "The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation."

CNN issued a response to Trump posting the video, writing in a statement, that it's a "sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters."

HanAssholeSolo writes in his apology that he "had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President’s Twitter feed" and that he took credit for the video before realizing it had been edited.

He then issued a warning to other internet trolls, telling them to "consider your words and actions conveyed in your message and who it might upset or anger. Put yourself in their shoes before you post it."

HanAssholeSolo then announced that he will be retiring his Reddit account, and that he "wanted to do it on a positive note and hopefully it will heal the controversy that this all caused."

A review of HanAssholeSolo's Reddit account show many offensive posts over a long period of time. The user often uses slurs to refer to African-Americans, Muslims and gay people.

Earlier this month, he posted an image showing CNN executives, hosts and employees, each with a Star of David next to them.

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