President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, in Washington, Aug. 14, 2017. Trump bowed to overwhelming pressure that he personally condemn white supremacists who incited bloody demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend — labeling their racists views “evil” after two days of equivocal statements. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)
President Donald Trump delivers a statement in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Aug. 14. –Tom Brenner/The New York Times

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to have mistakenly retweeted a message from one of his critics saying ‘‘he’s a fascist.’’ 

Trump deleted his retweet after about five minutes, but not before the message sent to his 35 million followers racked up a big response. 

Trump seems to have been trying to draw attention to a Fox & Friends article on a possible presidential pardon for former Phoenix-area Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who is facing a criminal contempt of court case involving immigration patrols. 

A Twitter handle identified as ‘‘@MikeHolden42’’ tweeted to Trump ‘‘He’s a fascist, so not unusual.’’ Trump retweeted the message to his massive following, triggering an avalanche of replies. @Mike Holden42 responded: ‘‘I’m announcing my retirement from Twitter. I’ll never top this RT.’’

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