MSNBC host Craig Melvin declined to continue an interview with Trump campaign senior adviser Boris Epshteyn on Thursday, noting that there was not enough time to refute all of the false claims the surrogate had made.
Following Wednesday’s Commander-in-Chief Forum, Epshteyn falsely asserted to Melvin that ISIS was “effectively born” during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
“ISIS was nothing before Hillary Clinton destroyed the Middle East establishment,” Epshteyn said. “She destroyed the secular leaders in the Middle East.”
Melvin pointed out that “you can argue” ISIS was created during George W. Bush’s presidency.
“No, you cannot,” Epshteyn scoffed. “You can say it was a doctrine in the 1920s that was the end of the Middle East, go all the way back to the 1500s. But the real reason that we are where we are is because under Hillary Clinton, the Middle East has been set on fire. And it’s her fault.”
Epshteyn went on to deny that Trump had blamed military rapes on men and women serving together.
“That’s not what’s in that  tweet!” Melvin shot back.
“And you’re not giving the full context of what he said,” Epshteyn insisted. “He respects women inside and outside the military and is 100 percent convinced that what we need to do is change the way that sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted in the military.”
“Again, what you just said, not what he said last night,” Melvin noted. “We’re going to have to leave it there.”
“I’d love to keep going,” Epshteyn volunteered.
“Well, we just don’t have 20 minutes for me to sit here and try and refute everything that you say — that you know probably not to be true,” Melvin quipped.
Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Sept. 8, 2016.