CNN host Jake Tapper ripped into President Donald Trump shortly after he retweeted a “deranged and disgusting lie” about Joe Biden, suggesting that he’s a pedophile.
Trump, who has been credibly accused of varying degrees of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women, on Tuesday retweeted a post that featured the hashtag “PedoBiden,” pushing a fringe theory against his 2020 Democratic presidential opponent.
— Fren Covfefe (@frencovfefe) September 15, 2020
The tweet, from an account with the username ConservativeGirl, depicts a video of Biden touching a woman’s shoulders and seemingly whispering in her ear, along with the caption: “We can beat them at their game .. #PedoBiden.”
The clip, from Biden’s time as vice president, is of a 2015 swearing-in ceremony for then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the White House, where Biden is seen standing behind Carter’s wife, Stephanie, and squeezing her shoulders.
CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip agreed with Tapper’s condemnation, saying that Trump is once again “simply retweeting things that he thinks are in his favor … without looking at the substance of it, or not caring about the substance of it,” adding the the tweet promoted by Trump was a “vile conspiracy theory” and a “lie.”
“It’s just amazing when you think about all the times that Republicans asked for the record to be corrected when the New York Times or whoever makes a mistake,” Tapper said. “It’s just astounding that this gets no comment from them at all.”
As Business Insider notes: “There is no evidence supporting the pedophilia allegation about the former vice president. The far-right conspiracy-theory movement QAnon has continued to push the false narrative that Washington harbors Satanists who run a global child sex-trafficking ring and are protected by a “deep state” that Trump is fighting against. Fringe theories sweeping the internet have been slowly inching their way into mainstream politics. Trump and some members of Congress have repeated similar baseless statements, whereas others have gone to condemn the movement.”