CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield reacted with outrage on Tuesday after a senior Trump campaign staffer suggested on Twitter that Hillary Clinton “murdered” Ambassador Chris Stevens.
After House Republicans released their report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Special Counsel to Donald Trump Michael Cohen tweeted a photograph of Hillary Clinton with the words, “I presided over $6 billion lost at the State Department, sold uraniam to the Russians through my faux charity, illegally deleted public records, and murdered an ambassador. Elect me!”
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) June 28, 2016
“This show is called Legal View because we know a thing or two about the law,” Banfield explained. “And Michael Cohen is a lawyer. That there is libel to suggest that a woman murdered an ambassador.”
CNN contributor Nia Maliki Henderson dismissed the tweet as “the kind of strident language that has been surrounding the Donald Trump campaign.”
“We’ve heard things like this emanating from the Donald Trump orbit and so it’s not really surprising,” Henderson opined.
Banfield disagreed: “Let’s just be really frank here, people. Don’t call someone a murderer of an ambassador for God sake!”
“It’s offensive to Americans who really want the truth on what’s going on in politics,” she added. “Please give us a break! Campaigning!”
“I nearly lost my cool,” the host concluded. “I did lose my cool effectively.”
Watch the video below from CNN.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.