Did Donald Trump retweet a video of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball? Yes, he did

Twitter is aghast at US president retweeting a doctored video of him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.

world Updated: Sep 17, 2017 20:26 IST
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Donald Trump at the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland.(Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump on Sunday retweeted a doctored video of himself taking a golf swing and hitting former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, who then stumbles as she boards a plane.

Clinton had been back on the Republican president’s Twitter feed in recent days as she promoted “What Happened,” her new book about the 2016 presidential campaign, with Trump resuming his campaign attack of “Crooked Hillary.”

The video, retweeted by several users, shows Trump on a golf course hitting a ball before segueing to the doctored shot of a golf ball hitting then-Secretary of State Clinton in the back as she is boarding a plane. The original video of Clinton, from 2011, does not show a golf ball.

“Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary,” the tweet read.

The US president’s retweet got the original more than 4,600 further retweets and close to 11,400 likes.

While Trump’s supporters on social media attempted to defend the clip as evidence of the president’s sense of humour, others criticised it as crass and distasteful to propagate physically attacking a woman.

In August this year, Trump retweeted and then deleted a meme showing a ‘Trump train’ running over a CNN reporter.

In the last week, the US president has stepped up attacks against Clinton in his Twitter posts.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!” he said. “The ‘deplorables’ came back to haunt Hillary. They expressed their feelings loud and clear. She spent big money but, in the end, had no game!”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said later that day Clinton was pushing “false narratives” in the book, in which she admits personal mistakes during the campaign but takes a harsh look at factors that led to Trump’s victory, including alleged interference by Russia on his behalf and former FBI Director James Comey decision to announce that investigators were looking at a new trove of emails related to Clinton.

Clinton, who has been giving a series of interviews promoting the book, responded to Trump’s earlier criticism on Twitter with a suggestion that he read her earlier book, “It Takes a Village,” a picture book for children.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

First Published: Sep 17, 2017 20:20 IST