CNN host Jake Tapper opened his show Sunday by slamming President Trump for sharing a “deranged” and “insane” conspiracy theory “tying the death of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in prison to the president’s former political rivals, the Clintons.”
“The state of our union is appalled,” Tapper said on CNN’s “State of The Union.”
“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 to spread a deranged conspiracy theory tying the death of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in prison to the president’s former political rivals, the Clintons,” Tapper said.
“I’m not going to show you the tweets,” Tapper added, before later noting that 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.”
He went on to cite Trump’s promotion of the racist conspiracy theory that former President Obama was born outside the U.S. as an example.
Trump on Saturday responded to the news of Epstein’s death by retweeting a post that blamed the apparent suicide on former President Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His tweet provided zero evidence or basis for the claim.
It also included the hashtags #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily in addition to photos of Epstein and the Clintons.
“Ridiculous and not true and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?” a spokesman for former President Clinton said in a statement Saturday, referring to an amendment that addresses a president’s ability to carry out his duties.