- The NBC News host Savannah Guthrie challenged President Donald Trump’s decision to retweet a baseless conspiracy theory about Joe Biden’s involvement in Osama bin Laden’s death.
- When Trump defended his decision to promote the outrageous conspiracy theory, Guthrie admonished him, saying, “You’re the president – you’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”
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During Thursday night’s town hall, the NBC News host Savannah Guthrie challenged President Donald Trump’s decision to retweet a baseless conspiracy theory involving Joe Biden, Navy SEALs, and Osama bin Laden.
Guthrie noted that earlier in the week Trump retweeted two messages promoting the bizarre QAnon-linked conspiracy theory that bin Laden’s death was a hoax and that the terrorist leader was still alive.
“Why would you send a lie like that to your followers?” Guthrie asked.
“I know nothing about it â€” that was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody,” Trump said. “I’ll put it out there, people can decide for themselves, I don’t take a position.”
“I don’t get that,” Guthrie said as the two talked over each other. “You’re the president â€” you’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”
“Frankly, because the media is so fake and so corrupt, if I didn’t have social media â€” I don’t call it Twitter; I call it social media â€” I wouldn’t be able to get the word out,” Trump said. “And the word is–“
“Well, the word is false,” Guthrie said.
Pres. Trump: “That was a retweet, I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves.” @SavannahGuthrie: “I don’t get that. You’re the president. You’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.” #TrumpTownHall pic.twitter.com/Im0QFy7VOU
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 16, 2020
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