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Trump Slams ‘Crazy’ Lawrence O’Donnell, ‘Corrupt and Fraudulent Fake News’ Over Retracted Story

Donald Trump tore into Lawrence O’Donnell on Thursday in response to the MSNBC anchor’s withdrawn report that Russians backed up the president when he received bank loans years ago.

“Crazy Lawrence O’Donnell, who has been calling me wrong from even before I announced my run for the Presidency…was again forced to apologize,” Trump gloated. “Totally false, as is virtually everything else he, and much of the rest of the LameStream Media, has said about me for years. ALL APOLOGIZE!”

Trump’s tweets come after O’Donnell apologized on Wednesday for pushing a thinly-sourced claim without any direct evidence that Russian oligarchs co-signed Trump’s massive loans from Deutsche Bank over the years. O’Donnell was fiercely criticized for pushing the story without having it verified by NBC News, so he used a portion of his show to offer a retraction.

“Saying ‘if true’ as I discussed the information was not good enough. I did not go through the rigorous verification and standards process here at MSNBC before repeating what I heard from my source,” O’Donnell said. “Had it gone through that process I would not have been permitted to report it…We don’t know whether the information is inaccurate. But the fact is, we do know it wasn’t ready for broadcast, and for that I apologize.”

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