During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway downplayed President Trump’s decision to retweet a conspiracy theory blaming former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.
When asked why the president amplified such a baseless claim, Conway told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, “I think the president just wants everything to be investigated. There was some unsealed information implicating some people very high up.”
She continued: “I will say, Bill, that there’s always this rush to ‘we need transparency, we need accountability,’ when it involves fictional accusations like collusion with Russia to swing an election. This seems to be very concrete in that Jeffrey Epstein has done some very bad things over a number of years.”
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) August 11, 2019
Hemmer pressed Conway again about Trump’s retweet, stating it was “clear what he was trying to say.”
“I think the president just wants everything to be investigated,” Conway repeated. “But you do hear different people asking questions and they want to know who else was involved in Epstein’s crimes or even just, um, activities.”
Hours after Epstein was found dead in his New York City jail cell Saturday, Trump retweeted a baseless conspiracy theory to his more than 63 million followers that included the hashtag #ClintonBodyCount and suggested the Clintons were behind it.
A spokesman for the Clinton family slammed the conspiracy theory as “ridiculous” and “of course not true.”
Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “State Of The Union,” tore into Trump for “using his amplified voice to spread conspiracy theories” once again.
“We begin this morning with a retweet from the president of the United States,” Tapper said Sunday. “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 … to spread a deranged conspiracy theory,” he continued. “President Trump could use his megaphone for anything, but the president often uses it to amplify that which is the worst of us: personal attacks, bigotry and insane conspiracy theories.”
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke slammed Trump’s retweet as “another example of our president using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories.”
“President Trump could use his megaphone for anything. But the president often uses it to amplify that which is the worst of us,” says @jaketapper.
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 11, 2019