September 17, 2017 16:31 GMT by nytimes.com

Trump Shares Doctored Image of His Golf Ball Hitting Hillary Clinton

Trump Shares Doctored Image of His Golf Ball Hitting Hillary Clinton

In a series of eclectic Twitter posts, President Trump also appeared to refer to Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s leader, as Rocket Man.

It’s a big week for President Trump. He will appear before the United Nations General Assembly, the first such visit of his presidency. The session comes at a time when the United States is on the cusp of crucial foreign policy decisions: North Korea continues to provoke by firing missiles over Japan, and Mr. Trump plans to refine his overall strategy on Iran.

Serious work beckons, but so does Twitter, and on Sunday morning the temptation to share a fan’s GIF that showed Mr. Trump golfing and the ball striking Hillary Clinton proved too much to resist.

The tweet stoked outrage online, generating more than 11,000 replies, many of which condemned the president’s promotion of violent imagery toward Mrs. Clinton, who, as a former first lady, has lifetime Secret Service protection.

But it was also celebrated by Trump supporters, who admonished “crooked Hillary” and accused Mr. Trump’s critics of lacking a sense of humor.

The GIF, which was created by splicing two videos, shows Mr. Trump swinging a golf club and the ball striking Mrs. Clinton in the back as she boards a plane, knocking her forward. The imagery of Mrs. Clinton tripping in the aircraft’s doorway was from 2011, shot when she boarded a flight in Yemen.

It’s not the first time one of the president’s tweets has made light of violence. Last month he retweeted an image of a train running over a cartoon person with a CNN logo over their head. A White House official said at the time that the tweet had been posted inadvertently, and the image was deleted.

In July, Mr. Trump posted a video of him body slamming a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his head.

The post with the golfing GIF on Sunday was just one of several eclectic tweets that Mr. Trump sent, hours before his trip to New York, where he will address global leaders.

In one, he referred to a conversation with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. “Asked him how Rocket Man is doing,” Mr. Trump wrote. Soon, “Rocket Man,” an apparent allusion to Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, was trending on Twitter.

As is Mr. Trump’s habit, he also paused to retweet images created by one of his fans.

Twitter is fertile ground for insults and other aggressive behavior, and the president’s contributions have been numerous. The New York Times created an interactive showing the various people, places and things that Mr. Trump have taken to task using social media.

His Twitter profile, however, appears to be a source of pride for Mr. Trump. One of his tweets on Sunday morning shared a link to a Bloomberg article. It argued that Twitter would take a big hit in market value if Mr. Trump were not tweeting.

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