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Chris Cuomo Deletes Tweet Wondering if CNN Should Reveal Reddit User’s Identity

CNN's Chris Cuomo / AP

CNN host Chris Cuomo deleted a tweet Wednesday asking followers if the network should reveal the name of a Reddit user who created a gif tweeted by President Donald Trump.

CNN reporters managed to track down the creator of Trump's most-retweeted gif showing the president body-slamming a WWE star whose face was superimposed with the CNN logo. In its final story, CNN withheld the man's name, arguing that he was a private citizen who had apologized. CNN was castigated for reserving the right to disclose his name later, which critics called extortion.

"Should CNN reveal name of Reddit user who made [Trump] wrestling video?" Cuomo asked. "Had a lot of bigoted and hateful material on page and website."

Cuomo later deleted the tweet, saying it was a complicated issue that required more than one tweet to discuss.

This is not the first time Cuomo has taken a vocal stance on "bigoted and hateful" speech. Cuomo famously once claimed that hate speech was not protected by the U.S. Constitution and could be banned. The CNN host later deleted those tweets and admitted he was wrong.