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Howard Dean Says Sorry-Not-Sorry for Trump Cocaine Tweet: ‘I Apologize for Using Innuendo’

deanFormer Vermont Governor and DNC chairman Howard Dean offered a sardonic apology to Republican presidential noninee Donald Trump Friday over his recent suggestion that the real estate mogul is a cocaine user.

During a conversation with Stephanie Ruhle about the media’s responsibility to hold Trump accountable to the truth, Dean lamented how much time networks have given Trump to offer questionable innuendos that make for juicy content to drive ratings.

“I apologize for using innuendo. I don’t think it’s a good thing to do, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do…I’m not unwilling to apologize for using innuendo. I don’t think that’s a reasonable thing to do. Donald Trump has used innuendo from the day he got into this campaign, and you media have not called him on it.”

When Ruhle pointed out that Dean did the same sort of thing with his insinuations behind Trump’s debate sniffles, Dean said he did it to show what media coverage has become due to the election.

“I would be very willing to apologize, not to Donald Trump, but I don’t think using innuendo is a good thing,” said Dean. “I’m not unwilling to apologize for using innuendo, I don’t think that’s a reasonable thing to do.”

Dean recently defended his tweet in another MSNBC interview, while the Trump campaign slammed him over his suggestion.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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