On Wednesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted U.S. President Donald Trump for calling news stories that paint his administration in a negative light, “conspiracy theories.”
In doing so, Tapper seized the opportunity to explain what differs between a conspiracy theory and real news to the President.
While discussing the way in which the Trump administration has changed their story about the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn several times, the CNN host noted that Trump gave a very different explanation than White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did just earlier this week. Spicer had said in a press conference on Tuesday that Flynn’s resignation was simply a “matter of trust,” while Trump blamed Flynn’s resignation on the “unfair” media.
“The media, of course did not fire Gen. Flynn, President Trump did. Now what the media did do was reveal to the nation that Gen. Flynn had lied to the Trump team—including Vice President Pence—when he claimed he never discussed Obama’s sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador.”
“President Trump knew this at least as early as Jan. 26. But he did not act on this until media revealed the truth to you, and, as it turns out, Vice President Pence.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
“Of course these stories … are not conspiracy theories, these are news stories sourced by government officials. Conspiracy theories are different, they’re false, they’re crackpot, they’re nonsense,” Tapper clearly explained.
He added, “How do I illustrate what conspiracy theory is? How about this one about Ted Cruz’s father,” while showing footage of when Trump was a just a candidate claiming that Ted Cruz’s father was somehow involved in the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
Tapper then continued, showing footage of Trump in 2011 perpetuating his famous birther argument about President Barack Obama, “That’s a conspiracy theory,” Tapper said. “Or how about this one, about President Obama.”
“THOSE are conspiracy theories. These are facts.”
Watch the clip here: