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CNN does an epic takedown of Donald Trump’s irrational conspiracy theories

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On Wednesday, CNN’s John Berman said that President Donald Trump is no stranger to conspiracy theories. Trump attacked search engines such as Google and claimed they were filtering positive content about him out of search results. Google has denied it saying they tailor results to individuals.

However, Trump’s claims that Google is out to spread bad news about him has zero proof.

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“It’s no overstatement that Donald Trump’s path to the White House began with a single conspiracy theory. That being that Barack Obama wasn’t an American — the so-called birther conspiracy,” Berman said.

“Then citizen Trump made hay with it, making unproven accusations, saying he had sent his own team of investigators to Hawaii to investigate it. None of it was true,” he said.

“All of it was debunked many times over. But no matter, it served as a launch pad for Mr. Trump’s embrace of conspiracy theories extending right into his presidency, right into this week,” he added.

A segment then rolled through the ways in which Trump came to his conspiracy about Google and another one about Hillary Clinton’s email server being hacked by the Chinese.

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During a hearing with former FBI investigator Peter Strzok, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) invented a conspiracy theory that the FBI was hiding Clinton’s server was hacked by a foreign adversary and it wasn’t Russia. He never said which country.

From there, conservative media outlets like The Daily Caller picked up the story, turning it into the Chinese. That made it to Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show Tuesday night, which is how it made it to Trump’s Twitter fingers.

The same thing happened with the Google conspiracy. Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was removed from YouTube and Facebook for hate speech and other things the networks said violated their terms of service. Suddenly, Trump is attacking Google and Facebook for censorship.

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The FBI was forced to release a statement Wednesday denying anything the president said was true. Google released a statement this week saying that their algorithm doesn’t take into account the political leanings of stories. Rather, the company likely focuses on results that are tailored to the user that can likely result in something profitable for them.

Listen to CNN’s Randi Kaye special report below.

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When things aren’t going well — Trump promotes his superiority ‘as a near deity’: Trump biographer

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A panel discussion with CNN host Don Lemon chuckled at the idea that President Donald Trump likely practiced in the mirror talking about himself as "the chosen one."

Michael D'Antonio, author of The Truth About Trump, explained that Trump's most significant "tell" that he's lying is when he gestures wildly.

"Whenever the president gestures wildly, the more he gestures, the more you know that he's lying and that he's trying to sell you something," the Trump biographer said. "So all day long today he was gesturing wildly. He was looking up to the lord. He was using his hands in an extreme manner. And that's his tell. That means that he's manipulating us and lying."

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Trump’s economic policy is like ‘burning all your furniture to heat the house’: New York Times columnist

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," New York Times columnist Tom Friedman scorned President Donald Trump's economic policy of endless tax cuts and cheap credit as a cynical ploy to get elected, rather than something in the long-term interest of economic stability.

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"You know, look, the party is clearly a cult of personality, it's not a 'party' in any sense that it was before," said Friedman. "What is more conservative than to say that, running up a debt this high and then beating on the Fed to lower interest rates is kind of like burning all your furniture to heat the house, and one day you'll run out of furniture?"

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"A 37-year-old California man arrested today after allegedly planning to shoot employees and guests at a Marriott hotel where he worked," said Flores. "A 15-year-old arrested in Florida accused of threatening to commit mass murder at his high school ... And a self-described white nationalist pleading not guilty to charges of online harassment and aggravated menacing after allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown, Ohio Jewish community center."

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