The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.
Reddit user “HanA**holeSolo” first shared the GIF last Wednesday of Trump pummeling a wrestler with CNN’s logo imposed on his face. CNN could find no earlier instance of the GIF. The GIF was later edited into a video with sound and tweeted by the President on Sunday.
On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and anti-Semitic imagery, quickly circulated on social media.
Now the user is apologizing, writing in a lengthy post on Reddit that he does not advocate violence against the press and expressing remorse there and in an interview with CNN for other posts he made that were racist and anti-Semitic.
The apology came after CNN’s KFile identified the man behind “HanA**holeSolo.” Using identifying information that “HanA**holeSolo” posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man’s name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.
On Monday, KFile attempted to contact the man by email and phone but he did not respond. On Tuesday, “HanA**holeSolo” posted his apology on the subreddit /The_Donald and deleted all of his other posts.
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
UPDATE: Looks like Cernovich caught @KFile in a lie:
— Mike Cernovich ?? (@Cernovich) July 5, 2017
And now Kaczynski is going back and forth with Cernovich:
CNN specifically choose not to reveal this guy's identity and to say we threatened anyone is a total lie.https://t.co/f02hLaVRqu
— andrew kaczynski ? (@KFILE) July 5, 2017
UPDATE: Sparta Report responds:
You did this as an OFFICIAL ACT of your company. That implicates CNN under RICO laws. Blackmail is a felony under federal law. pic.twitter.com/siedJpWL4d
— Sparta Report (@spartareport) July 5, 2017
UPDATE: Assange has CNN dead to rights:
— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) July 5, 2017
UPDATE: Uh oh…Now a GOP Congressman has chimed in…
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) July 5, 2017
UPDATE: (NWC) CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski also seems to have a porno problem
His most recently liked video was how to watch porno on his XBOX One. 😉
This is his Youtube account, just in case if anyone was wondering if it actually existed.
And yes, this is his real account. His Google+ profile, which is linked to the youtube account, links to Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith and others in his circle of friends.