President Trump's war with CNN went off the rails Tuesday morning after he retweeted an image of a Trump train running over a CNN reporter, then quickly deleted it after the meme sparked criticism as inappropriate just days after the Charlottesville violence.

Trump was in the middle of his usual morning tweetstorm when he sent the cartoon image -- posted by a supporter who added, “Nothing can stop the #TrumpTrain!!" -- to his nearly 36 million followers.

The president quickly deleted his handiwork but not before the original tweet had been retweeted hundreds of times and was captured on screen shots by journalists and activists.

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Trump's promotion of the image came three days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned into a violent clash between the supremacists and counterprotesters. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others injured when a driver slammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. A 20-year old man, who has reportedly espoused neo-Nazi views, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. Two police officers also died when their helicopter crashed.

Trump did not immediately condemn the hate groups behind the “Unite the Right” rally, drawing criticism from Democrats and some Republicans. On Monday, the president attempted to make amends and denounced the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis by name, while calling white supremacists “repugnant to all that we hold dear as Americans.”

But even as he attempted to clarify his views, Trump seemed eager to blame the backlash on reporters, in particular CNN. As the president was wrapping up a photo op related to international trade Monday, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta asked him why he had waited so long to condemn the hate groups by name and why he had not answered questions from reporters.

“I like real news, not fake news,” Trump said. Pointing a finger toward Acosta, Trump added: “You are fake news.”

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If the president awoke Tuesday thinking his Twitter account would help him regain control of his political narrative, he was mistaken, however, as he also misfired in retweeting a man calling him a “fascist.”

A user named Mike Holden was replying to a Fox News story that said Trump had told the network in an interview that he was considering issuing a presidential pardon for former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of defying a judge's order to halt traffic patrols on suspected undocumented immigrants. “He's a fascist, so not unusual,” Holden wrote, only to find himself retweeted by the 45th president of the United States.

Holden has posted a rapid-fire series of tweets and retweets over the past days on British politics and the fallout from the violence in Charlottesville, including a retweet of a cartoon in the Guardian newspaper depicting the White House topped by a KKK-style pointed hood. His Twitter page also has various tributes to Bernard Kenney, a British man who attempted to subdue a far-right gunman who fatally shot British parliament member Jo Cox last year. Kenney, who was stabbed by the attacker Thomas Mair, died Monday.

In a telephone interview with The Washington Post, Holden described himself as a 53-year-old information technology worker who lives near Manchester, England, whose politics are left-wing but not radical. He was bracing for Trump's morning dose of tweets — which because of the five-hour time difference usually land around lunchtime for Holden.

Holden said he had walked away from his computer after his tweet and was shocked when he logged back in. “My Twitter went completely bananas,” he said. Holden, who said he was angered by Trump's response to the Charlottesville violence, hoped more people might question Trump's motives.

“It’s a strong term to use, but I wouldn’t apologize for it,” Holden said of the word “fascist.” “Why he retweeted it is beyond me, but maybe he got a taste of his own medicine.”

Holden called the Charlottesville rally a “fascist march.”

“For a president to still be at Bedminster playing golf and not come out and say more? From a large catalogue of things he’s done, it seemed among the worst,” he said.

Holden quickly set a screen shot of Trump's retweet as his Twitter background image and boasted about the endorsement — kind of — in his bio on the social media site.

“Officially Endorsed by the President of the United States,” he wrote. “I wish that were a good thing.”

President Donald Trump speaks at the White House on Aug. 14 about the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville two days earlier. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Late Monday, Trump also retweeted a post from the Twitter account linked to right-wing provocateur Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter known for fanning conspiracy theories, including the infamous “Pizzagate” rumors of child trafficking. Posobiec’s tweet — retweeted by Trump and not taken down — linked to a story from an ABC affiliate and read: “Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?”

Posobiec, a former Navy Reserve intelligence officer, had worked for right-wing website the Rebel. Posobiec gained national attention during “Pizzagate,” a conspiracy theory that claimed Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief harbored a child sex ring in a pizza restaurant in Washington. The Internet-fueled falsehood led a gunman in December to fire an assault-style rifle as he searched the pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong.

A white nationalist and a counterprotester face off.For The Washington Post
A member of “The Militia” tries to separate white nationalists and counterprotesters.For The Washington Post
Counterprotesters shout during the Unite the Right rally.For The Washington Post
A group calling itself “The Militia” arrives to “keep the peace” outside the rally.For The Washington Post
White nationalists rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville.For The Washington Post
Ben, a 21-year-old Ku Klux Klan member from Harrison, Ark., attends the rally at Emancipation Park.For The Washington Post
Counterprotesters from the Unitarian Universalists congregation link arms during the Unite the Right rally.The Washington Post
White nationalist groups rally at Emancipation Park.For The Washington Post
White nationalists gather at Emancipation Park for the Unite the Right rally.For The Washington Post
Cornel West hugs a counterprotesters outside Emancipation Park during the rally.For The Washington Post
A rally participant blares a horn at counterprotesters.The Washington Post
Black Lives Matter counterprotestors shout during the rally.For The Washington Post
Clashes begin at the Unite the Right rally.For The Washington Post
White nationalists stand behind shields during the rally.For The Washington Post
Counterprotesters and White nationalists clash.For The Washington Post
Counterprotesters and white nationalists clash at the Unite the Right rally.For The Washington Post
White nationalists clash with counterprotesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park.Getty Images
A counterprotester uses a lighted spray can against a white nationalist at the entrance to Emancipation Park.AP
Protesters are forced out of Emancipation Park by riot police.The Washington Post
A woman is injured during the clashes.The Washington Post
White nationalist groups and counterprotesters during the Unite the Right rally.For The Washington Post
White nationalists and counterprotesters clash during the rally.For The Washington Post
Demonstrators skirmish in Charlottesville.For The Washington Post
A demonstrator throws a newspaper box.AP
Black Lives Matter protesters stand in a fog of tear gas during the clashes.For The Washington Post
Demonstrators and counterprotesters clash.The Washington Post
A woman is sprayed with water to wash away pepper spray.The Washington Post
A man pleads with riot police to "stop defending the Nazis" during the rally.The Washington Post
A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.The Daily Progress
People are treated after the collision.AFP/Getty Images
The scene after a car plowed into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville.AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers tranport a victim on a stretcher.Getty Images
Rescue personnel help injured people after a car ran into protesters.AP
Kessler looks at his watch while waiting for a crowd of protesters to quiet before beginning a news conference Sunday in front of City Hall.Getty Images
Protesters use trombones in an attempt to drown out Kessler’s news conference.Getty Images
Kessler holds a news conference outside City Hall.AP
Protesters shout anti-Nazi chants after chasing Kessler from the news conference. Kessler, who helped organize the Unite the Right rally one day earlier, blamed Charlottesville government officials and law enforcement for failing to protect the First Amendment rights of the rally's participants, a collection of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and alt-right supporters.Getty Images
A police escort rushes away Kessler after the news conference was broken up.EPA
Kessler is rushed away after his news conference.EPA
Counterprotesters shout after Kessler fled.Getty Images
Several hundred people on the campus of the University of Virgina chant “White lives matter!,” “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!”For The Washington Post
White nationalists march along the front of a campus building.For The Washington Post
The torchlit march makes its way through the University of Virginia campus.For The Washington Post
Beginning a little after 9:30 p.m., the march lasted 15 to 20 minutes before ending in skirmishing when the marchers were met by a small group of counterprotesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university’s founder.For The Washington Post
White nationalists carry torches while marching.For The Washington Post
The march came on the eve of the Unite the Right rally, a gathering of groups from around the country whose members have said they are being persecuted for being white and that white history in America is being erased.For The Washington Post
University of Virginia campus police keep watch.For The Washington Post
The Saturday rally is being held at noon at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, home to a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the city of Charlottesville voted to remove earlier this year. The statue remains in the park pending a judge’s ruling expected later this month.For The Washington Post
Men in their 20s and 30s constituted the majority of the participants.For The Washington Post
An officer helps a white nationalist after tear gas was deployed, apparently by a counterprotester.For The Washington Post
A counterprotester reacts to tear gas.For The Washington Post
Marchers gather around the Thomas Jefferson statue.For The Washington Post
Photo Gallery: White nationalists, met by counterprotesters, held a Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville after torch-bearing protesters marched through the University of Virginia campus the night before. During the rally, a vehicle plowed into a crowd marching peacefully through downtown Charlottesville.

Brian Murphy contributed to this report.