Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean ignores calls to apologize for a Tweet he made earlier this week suggesting Donald Trump sniffled at Monday night's debate because he is a cocaine user. "I don't know that we don't know" that Trump has no history of drug use, Dean said.
HOWARD DEAN: First of all, Donald Trump was up in the wee hours of the morning... Tweeting at three or four o'clock in the morning about a sex tape. This is a guy who is running for president of the U.S.
STEPHANIE RUHLE: We're going to talk about Donald. And Donald gives you low-hanging fruit to go after every day -- just like why is he tweeting at 3:00 am. But you're a member of the Democratic Party. Michelle Obama had the line: When they go low, we go high. To suggest that Donald Trump was maybe coked up? Come on, he has no history of that.
DEAN: If I could -- Well, I don't know that we know that [Donald Trump has no history of drug use].
People who stay up until 5:00 in the morning tweeting about sex tapes -- these are not normal people. There is something the matter with him, and I don't know what it is.
Let me say this: I would be very willing to apologize (not to Donald Trump). But I don't think using innuendo is a good thing. But the problem is much greater than that.
I would like the media of this country to apologize... We have used a double standard on Donald Trump, and created Donald Trump. $2 billion worth of free time. Why? Because his ratings are great.
The Trump Show, the Trump Chinese ties, the Trump meat, and all this stuff, keeping Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders off the air on the night of the Florida primary. Calling in to talk shows, including the most venerable talk shows in the country on Sunday morning.
You think Tim Russert or Bob Schieffer would have let a candidate call in to the talk shows in his pajamas? The media has given this guy a free ride because he was great for the ratings.
The media's only job is not to entertain. The real job of the media is not to entertain, but to defend democracy by calling all of us out.