Booker: Trump using same tactics, language as Russians with Epstein conspiracy theory retweet

Booker: Trump using same tactics, language as Russians with Epstein conspiracy theory retweet
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (N.J.), a Democratic White House hopeful, said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE's "dangerous" tactics on Twitter echo those of Russians attacking U.S. democracy. 

"It's the same tactics and same language not just as white supremacists, but of the Russians, if you look at the intelligence reports of how they’re coming at our democracy," Booker said on CNN's "State of the Union" in response to Trump's retweet of a conspiracy theory linking the Clintons to the death of Jeffrey Epstein in prison.

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"This is just more recklessness," Booker said regarding the Epstein retweet. 

"What he’s doing is dangerous, he’s giving life not to just to conspiracy theories but really whipping people up into anger and worse into different people in this country," Booker said. 

"He's been using the Clintons as a means for a lot of this false accusations this is a nation now where we’ve seen horrific acts … peoples' lives being threatened because this president whips up hatred this is a very dangerous president we have right now." 

Officials on Saturday said Epstein, who was jailed on sex-trafficking charges, died overnight by an apparent suicide. 

Trump promoted a tweet Saturday night that blamed former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials MORE and former President Clinton on Epstein's death without evidence.

Former President Clinton's spokesman Angel Ureña responded to Trump's retweet by writing "Ridiculous, and of course not true — and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?"

Epstein has been linked to both Trump and former President Clinton. Both men deny any wrongdoings in their meetings with the financier and sex offender. 

Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's report found examples of Russian interference into the 2016 election. There is wide spread fear that holes in election security could lead to further interference in the upcoming 2020 election.