The image was originally posted as a reply to the president by a Twitter user named @Fuctupmind, whose bio consists of pro-Trump, anti-Clinton hashtags.
“Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary,” the user wrote in the caption.
The retweet immediately drew hundreds of Trump’s critics and supporters into a familiar vortex of debate, with many criticizing the GIF for seeming to encourage violence and others defending the president.
“The man is unfit,” declared Walter M. Shaub Jr., the former director of the independent Office of Government Ethics who resigned in July after clashing with the White House.
Trump’s love of Twitter and his propensity to post controversial tweets — often very late at night or first thing in the morning — is well known. The golf-swing repost, however, was part of an unusual retweet spree in which Trump shared at least half a dozen tweets from other accounts that showed him in a favorable light. Three were from an account called “Trumpism 5.0,” which included a train wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
It wasn’t the first time that Trump has share a controversial doctored image on Twitter. In July — on another Sunday morning, just before Independence Day — Trump tweeted an edited video clip that showed him slamming a man with “CNN” superimposed on his head to the ground. In the video, Trump then throws punches at the man’s head, before walking away.
Trump appended the tweet with two hashtags: “#FraudNewsCNN” and “#FNN.”
“Holy s—!! I wake up and have my morning coffee and who retweets my s—post but the MAGA EMPORER himself!!! I am honored!!”
Joy echoed across r/The_Donald, which a day earlier had been more interested in conspiracy theories about the Clintons killing people and stick-figure drawings of Californians embarrassing themselves.
“TWEETED by the PRESIDENT,” one of many admirers wrote. “Now it’s confirmed that Trump sees our memes.”
“We all wish for such validation.”
About 9 a.m. Sunday, Trump began retweeting himself, sharing two of his tweets from Friday. One was about making his entry ban “far larger, tougher and more specific,” and the other referred to cutting off Internet access for “loser terrorists.”
After Trump tweeted a reference to Clinton’s new book last week (“She lost the debates and lost her direction!”), she offered to mail him a copy of the picture book version of her 2006 “It Takes a Village.”
“If you didn’t like that book, try this one — some good lessons in here about working together to solve problems,” Clinton tweeted at Trump.