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Conservative columnist explains how to puncture Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories

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In the aftermath of the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in a Manhattan jail, President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the Clintons were behind his death.

The president retweeted a post that accused the Clinton’s of murdering Epstein because he had dirt on Bill Clinton.

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In response, CNN host Jake Tapper issued a stinging rebuke of the president.

“Hello. I’m Jake Tapper in Washington, where the state of our union is appalled,” he said. “We begin this morning with a retweet from the president of the United States, not a message about healing or uniting the country one week after two horrifying massacres, not about the victims of those tragedies.”

“Instead, President Trump using his massive Twitter platform, 63 million followers, to spread a deranged conspiracy theory, tying the death of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in prison to the president’s former political rivals the Clintons.”

“I’m not going to show you the tweet, but the spokesperson for former president Bill Clinton responded to the president retweeting it, saying — quote — ‘Ridiculous and, of course, not true, and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?’ . . .”

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The 25th Amendment allows for the removal of a president who is unfit for office.

Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin praised Tapper, noting that aggressive rebuttal is the only way to deal with the president’s insults and lies.

She praised him, in particular, for not inadvertently amplifying the president’s lies.

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“Credit Tapper with not allowing Trump to use his show as a megaphone for Trump’s insane conspiracy-mongering and reminding viewers that the president feeds conspiracy theories all the time, some of which are the source of inspiration or reaffirmation for violent extremists,” Rubin wrote.

She notes that news outlets have to be better about rebuking, rather than pushing, Trump’s lies.

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“They also need to consider whether it is responsible to, in essence, republish Trump’s lies and his excuses for lies by giving a platform to his apologists,” she writes. “It is irresponsible to turn over a readership or viewership to apologists who make blatantly false analogies (e.g., claiming Dayton’s shooting was motivated by left-wing conspiracy theories).”


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Adam Schiff explains how Trump just crippled US election security with appointment of ‘loyalist’ intel director

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned on Wednesday that election security in the United States is in jeopardy due to President Donald Trump's choice for acting director of national intelligence.

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How the coronavirus has infected Trump’s presidency — and is spreading throughout the global economy

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Here’s how Democrats can make Trump’s race-baiting blow up in his face in the 2020 election

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Writing for The New York Times on Wednesday, columnist Thomas Edsall broke down how President Donald Trump's racist rhetoric galvanizes conservative white voters — and what evidence shows is the best way Democrats can neuter it.

"A forthcoming paper by Desmond King and Rogers M. Smith, political scientists at Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania, 'White Protectionism in America,' makes a strong case that Trump, unlike his Republican predecessors in the White House, has gone far beyond rhetoric and token gestures to substantively address the concerns of his anti-immigrant and socially conservative supporters," wrote Edsall.

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