USA Today reports:
NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie prodded President Donald Trump Thursday during his town hall when talking about him retweeting conspiracy theories, saying he’s not just “someone’s crazy uncle.”
Guthrie pressed Trump on his penchant for tweets that spread disinformation, including one post he retweeted that contained a conspiracy theory that former Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama orchestrated a cover-up that included the Navy SEAL Team Six faking the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
“That was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody and that was a retweet. I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves. I don’t take a position,” Trump said in defending his tweet. “You’re the president,” Guthrie responded. “You’re not someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet whatever.”
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
Trump has endorsed a falconer’s Benghazi conspiracy theory that Joe Biden killed Navy SEALs in a blood sacrifice and that Osama Bin Laden is still alive because Seal Team 6 killed his body double. https://t.co/KIkNJuRXrr
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 13, 2020
On spreading the conspiracy that Obama had SEAL Team 6 killed.
TRUMP: “That was a retweet! People can decide for themselves!”
GUTHRIE: “You’re the president, you’re not someone’s crazy uncle.”
— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) October 16, 2020
President Trump says he knows nothing about the crazy conspiracy he retweeted this week claiming Obama and Biden “had SEAL Team 6 killed” and that Osama bin Laden’s death was a hoax. “I’ll put it out there. People can decide,” he says.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 16, 2020
What’s even weirder is that at least one member of Seal Team Six is going to vote for Trump, a president who argues that Seal Team Six has been murdered. https://t.co/UhQMjnlnm6
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 14, 2020