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Trump Retweets A Violent GIF Attacking Hillary (TWEETS/PHOTOS)

When Donald Trump tapped John Kelly as White House chief of staff, it initially looked like Kelly was going to bring a measure of order to the West Wing. As part of that task, Kelly started clearing out fringe and alt-right elements. His first order of business was to give communications director Anthony Scaramucci his walking papers, and chief strategist Steve Bannon and counterterrorism adviser Sebastian Gorka followed him out soon afterward.

He also vetoed Trump’s bid to have unhinged sheriff David Clarke join the White House. By all accounts, public liaison aide Omarosa is next on the chopping block.

But Kelly has had far less luck controlling Trump himself. Reportedly, Trump has chafed at being managed for one of the few times–if not the first time–in his adult life by someone who isn’t related to him. On more than a few occasions since Kelly took over in July, we’ve seen Trump do something stupid or outrageous on Twitter–either go on one of his patented 140-character rants, or share something unhinged from one of his followers. For instance, just hours before his now-infamous Trump Tower press conference where he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, he briefly retweeted a cartoon showing himself as a train mowing down CNN.

If that didn’t prove beyond any doubt that Kelly has essentially thrown up his hands and given up trying to keep a leash on Trump, something Trump retweeted on Sunday morning should have done so. Just as the nation was waking up, Trump shared this.

The tweet was originally shared on September 13 by “@Fuctupmind,” a rabid Trump supporter who has at least two other Twitter accounts–presumably in case he goes too far on one of them and gets suspended. He also has an account on Gab, the Twitter alternative that has become a favorite of right-wing trolls in the months since Twitter started cracking down on harassment.

This tweet shows Trump teeing off at one of his golf courses before cutting to Hillary Clinton falling down while boarding a plane–after being hit in the back by a photoshopped golf ball. Just in case Trump deletes that retweet, here’s the evidence.

(screenshot courtesy Trump's Twitter)
(screenshot courtesy Trump’s Twitter)
(screenshot courtesy Trump's Twitter)
(screenshot courtesy Trump’s Twitter)

In what world is this acceptable behavior from any adult, let alone the president of the United States? Apparently in Trumpland. It says a lot about Trump that he is implicitly condoning violence against a woman. It also says a lot about Trump that he retweeted something fired off by a user with such an obscene handle.

Not surprisingly, the saner elements of Twitter are not pleased.

Remember how a number of Trump diehards wrung their hands at a Trump-themed version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”? They claimed that it amounted to “normalization of political violence.” And yet, some of those same people had no problem with Trump tweeting a GIF of himself body-slamming CNN. More than likely, they won’t have a problem with this latest unhinged moment from their hero.

This cannot stand. In any other democracy, a president or prime minister who pulled a stunt like this would be facing calls for his resignation–and it wouldn’t be out of line to have said “leader” committed. This is no different. It would be unacceptable for a Democrat to do this, and it’s unacceptable here. Any president who even thinks this is remotely okay has no business being in the White House. It is time–past time, actually–to get him out of here.

(featured image courtesy Gage Skidmore, available under a Creative Commons BY-SA license)

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