Joe Arpaio (left), a controversial figure for, among other practices, his aggressive enforcement of immigration law, was a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump during last year’s election. | Mary Altaffer/AP
President Donald Trump on Tuesday shared a Twitter post with his followers that appeared to call him or former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio a “fascist.”
The Twitter exchange began Tuesday morning when Trump retweeted a post from the account of Fox News’s morning show “Fox & Friends” linking to a story about the possibility of the president pardoning Arpaio, who was recently convicted of criminal contempt by a judge in Arizona. Arpaio, a controversial figure for, among other practices, his aggressive enforcement of immigration law, was a vocal Trump supporter during last year’s election.
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A Twitter user named Mike Holden responded to the “Fox & Friends” post by writing “he’s a fascist, so not unusual,” which Trump then retweeted from his own account. It was unclear whether Holden’s “fascist” label was directed at Arpaio or Trump.
Minutes later, the president undid his retweet without explanation.
I’m announcing my retirement from Twitter. I’ll never top this RT. pic.twitter.com/HuGHkiPoyR
— Mike Holden (@MikeHolden42) August 15, 2017
The president also retweeted a post from another user featuring a cartoon depicting a train with “Trump” written on the side running over an individual with a CNN logo for its head. That post, too, was also quickly removed from Trump’s feed.