A political analyst with CNN came under fire Tuesday after tweeting out a graphic depicting President Trump in crosshairs.
The commentator, Chris Cillizza, tweeted out a GIF with the visual just before 9 a.m., along with the caption “Donald Trump, pointing to heavens to commemorate police officers killed in the line of duty.”
He quickly deleted the tweet — but not before Twitter users were able to grab some screenshots.
Cillizza explained later that the image was unintentional, the result of a default setting in a program he’d used to generate the graphic.
I’ve deleted a GIF about President Trump. We use @GifGrabber to make our GIFs and it defaults to the image below as a first frame. To clear up any unintended confusion, I’ve removed the tweet. pic.twitter.com/x6PCKoiW16
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 15, 2018