The arrest of a gunman at a pizza place at the center of an online conspiracy theory has led to much media discussion about the real-life consequences of pushing conspiracies.
On CNN tonight, Erin Burnett brought up how the son of Donald Trump‘s incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn kept the conspiracy going after the incident yesterday. And she wondered if Trump should step in and stop this kind of thing from happening in his inner circle.
Kayleigh McEnany said it’s unfair to conflict the “fringe element” of the right with mainstream conservatism, but Nayyera Haq said that this is what happens when conservatives gin up such distrust of the media.
At Haq also brought up how Flynn himself tweeted about another sex ring conspiracy theory. McEnany said that one has “basis in truth” and talked about links between Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton. CNN’s Brian Stelter asked, “Are we really gonna do this?”
McEnany insisted that Trump doesn’t need to denounce conspiracy theories from people around him just like how President Obama doesn’t need to denounce 9/11 truthers.
Watch above, via CNN.
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