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Trump Tweets Picture Of 'Trump Train' Hitting CNN Reporter (Photo)

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President Donald Trump retweeted and then deleted a cartoon image showing a "Trump train" running over a person with the CNN logo imposed on their body.

Trump deleted the retweet, but not before it was retweeted and screen-captured by other Twitter users.

"Trump [retweeted] this pic showing a CNN journalist hit by a train days after a white nationalist ran his car into activists, killed Heather Heyer," one person wrote, according to The Washington Post.

Heather Heyer, 32, was protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 when she and more than a dozen others were deliberately slammed into by a car. Heyer was killed while 19 others were injured.

James Alex Fields Jr., 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Fields is alleged to hold neo-Nazi viewpoints.

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Trump had a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta two days later when, during a small press event, Acosta asked him why he hadn't condemned white supremacists in his initial remarks about the violence in Charlottesville.

When Trump responded that he had condemned them, Acosta asked why he wasn't taking questions from reporters.

"I like real news, not fake news," Trump said. "You're fake news."

This isn't the first time Trump has shared a meme depicting physical violence against CNN. In July, he uploaded a wrestling video clip to Twitter in which he pummels an individual whose head had been replaced by the CNN logo.

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"It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters," CNN said at the time, according to NPR. "Clearly, [White House Press Secretary] Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied when she said the President had never done so. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his."

In addition to retweeting the "Trump train" image on Aug. 15, Trump also retweeted a post in which a man named Mike Holden called him a "fascist."

Holden was tweeting in response to a report that Trump is considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of refusing to comply with a judge's order to stop targeting suspected undocumented immigrants.

"He's a fascist, so not unusual," Holden wrote.

After Trump's retweet -- which he later took down -- Holden's post received thousands of likes.

"My Twitter went completely bananas," he told The Washington Post, adding: "Why he retweeted it is beyond me, but maybe he got a taste of his own medicine."

Afterwards, Holden updated his Twitter bio to read: "Officially endorsed by the President of the United States. I wish that were a good thing."

Sources: The Washington Post, NPR / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Twitter via NBC News, Donald J. Trump Twitter via NPR

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