CNN's Jake Tapper opened Sunday's edition of "State of the Union" by talking about the video retweeted by President Trump blaming Hillary and Bill Clinton for the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein, who faced multiple charges of sex trafficking, reportedly killed himself in a New York City jail cell on Saturday morning after thousands of documents detailing his alleged crimes were made public on Friday. Tapper said the president's decision to forward the "insane conspiracy theory" that the Clintons killed Epstein to his 63 million Twitter subscribers was more than irresponsible, "it is dangerous."
"I’m not going to show you the tweets,” Tapper said about Trump's retweet. "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."
JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Hello, I'm Jake Tapper in Washington, where the state of our union is appalled. We begin with 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 the 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 re-tweeting it saying, quote: "Ridiculous and not true and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?"
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. Officials say Epstein died by apparent suicide while in the custody of the federal government. The attorney general, William Barr, will open an investigation into how it happened and was appalled and said it "raises serious questions that must be answered," unquote.
This is not the first time that President Trump has chosen to use his amplified voice to spread conspiracies. He lied about President Obama's birthplace. He suggested Ted Cruz's father might have been involved in the JFK assassination and lied that he saw American Muslims in New Jersey on TV celebrating 9/11 when there is no such tape. President Trump has also given voice to the lie that the migrant and refugee crisis at the border is a plot by Jewish billionaire George Soros to fund an invasion. That was the motive for the mass slaughter in Pittsburgh and El Paso. This is no longer just irresponsibie and indecent, it is dangerous.