Press Release

ADL Analysis: Reddit User Who Took Credit for Trump's CNN Video Has History of Racist and Violent Posts

New York, NY, July 3, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today released an analysis on Reddit user, Han-------Solo, who is claiming credit for President Trump’s use of a wrestling video Sunday morning featuring a CNN logo. To read the analysis, click here.

ADL’s Center on Extremism, which tracks activities by extremists, found that Han-------solo is like many other online bigots who use platforms like Reddit to anonymously share their hateful words and images.

For more than a year, this Reddit user has violated the platform’s terms of service by posting the type of hate against Muslims, African-Americans, Jews and others that has become all too common both online and offline, according to ADL’s analysis, available here. In fact, the individual posted an image collage of CNN journalists and employees labeling them with a Star of David and writing, “Something strange about CNN...can't quite put my finger on it...”

“We have been analyzing the online activities of this individual and found a consistent record of racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry for more than a year on Reddit,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “This individual traffics in online hatred and at times violent rhetoric, has created an image labeling CNN journalists with Stars of David and has written about stabbing Muslims among other violent rhetoric.

“When those on the fringes of society feel their messaging is getting mainstream attention, that should raise alarms for all Americans across the political spectrum that reject hatred and bigotry,” Greenblatt added. “We must condemn these extremists and keep them on the margins of our society.”