CNN’s Cillizza Tweets GIF Of Crosshairs Over Image Of President Trump

Amber Athey | Media and Breaking News Editor

CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza posted a gif containing crosshairs over the image of President Trump on Tuesday.

The original tweet read, “Donald Trump, pointing to heavens to commemorate police officers killed in the line of duty,” and showed green crosshairs over the president’s face.

Cillizza later deleted the tweet and insisted that he did not add the crosshairs himself — rather, he blamed the GIF service used by CNN.

 

The crosshairs tweet is eerily similar to a map of political opponents posted by Sarah Palin. Journalists accused Palin of inciting violence against those opponents and even blamed her for allegedly inspiring the 2011 shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords.  (RELATED: Sarah Palin Suing New York Times For Defamation)

Cillizza’s tweet follows a trend of violent rhetoric from members of the media, including CNN analyst April Ryan recently joking about getting into a fist fight with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace suggesting she wants to choke Sanders. (RELATED: Media Rhetoric On Trump Administration Becomes Increasingly Violent)

Update: An earlier version of this article claimed the GIF Grabber app does not reproduce any crosshairs. That appears to be inaccurate. The Daily Caller apologizes for this mistake.

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