In a post that has since been deleted by moderators at r/The_Donald, Reddit user HanA**holeSolo, the man behind the viral Twitter video showing President Donald Trump beating up “CNN” in an old WWE video, has seemingly issued a lengthy apology and deleted his account. In what seems to be a heartfelt act of penitence (you can’t ever rule out more trolling because trolls be trolls), HanA**holeSolo explains that he never intended for his video to be construed as something that would incite violence, and went on to praise journalists.
“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. I am in no way this kind of person, 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 from the subs on reddit and never meant any of the hateful things I said in those posts. I would never support any kind of violence or actions against others simply for what they believe in, their religion, or the lifestyle they choose to have. Nor would I carry out any violence against anyone based upon that or support anyone who did.”
“The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation.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. It was a prank, nothing more. What the President’s feed showed was not the original post that was posted here, but loaded up somewhere else and sound added to it then sent out on Twitter. I thought it was the original post that was made and that is why I took credit for it. I have the highest respect for the journalist community and they put their lives on the line every day with the jobs that they do in reporting the news.”
“To people who troll on the Internet for fun, 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. If you have a problem with trolling it is an addiction just like any other addiction someone can have to something and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Trolling is nothing more than bullying a wide audience. Don’t feed your own self-worth based upon inflicting suffering upon others online just because you are behind a keyboard.”
Here’s what POTUS shared again, for a reminder:
And the type of stuff the Redditor was posting:
But, there’s another layer to this story. This apology came on the heels of CNN’s KFile tracking down “HanA**holeSolo” and calling him directly. He didn’t respond right away, but eventually, he called back and confirmed that he was indeed the guy on the internet, posting blatantly antisemtic memes for his anonymous friends to upvote. Once he was identified and called out, he was repentant and didn’t think the White House should’ve used his video. He also says he wish he never publicly took credit for it, saying: “I didn’t realize that post would be picked up the way it was. I should have never even said anything.”
CNN has stated that they are not publishing the troll’s real name since he’s a private citizen and has issued the extensive apology and taken down his posts and promised not to repeat his behavior. CNN also stated they “reserve the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
Meanwhile, the journalist who exposed “HanA**holeSolo” as the meme creator has been receiving death threats.