Jake Tapper calls out Trump for sharing 'deranged' and 'insane' conspiracy theory about Epstein death

CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperDemocrats ramp up attacks on opponents in final pitch before New Hampshire George Conway: 'Verdict of history' will be on Romney's side Buttigieg says Democrats must 'galvanize,' not 'polarize' voters MORE opened his show Sunday by calling out President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE for promoting a "deranged" and "insane" conspiracy theory about the death of disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who died from an apparent suicide over the weekend.

"The state of our union is appalled," Tapper said on CNN's "State of The Union." "We begin this morning with a retweet from the president of the United States. Not a message about healing or uniting the country one week after two horrifying massacres, not about the victims of those tragedies. Instead President Trump using his massive Twitter platform to spread a deranged conspiracy theory tying the death of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein in prison to the president's former political rivals, the Clintons."

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“I’m not going to show you the tweets,” Tapper added, before later noting that Trump could "use his megaphone for anything. But the president often uses it to amplify that which is the worst of us: personal attacks, bigotry and insane conspiracy theories.” 

He went on to cite Trump's promotion of the conspiracy theory that former President Obama was born outside the U.S. as an example. 

Trump on Saturday responded to the news of Epstein's death by retweeting a post that blamed it on former President Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Bernie Sanders's Super Tuesday problem Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE. The tweet provides zero evidence or basis for the claim. 

It also included the hashtags #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily in addition to photos of Epstein and the Clintons. The tweet was shared as theories tying the Clintons to Epstein's death trended on Twitter. 

"Ridiculous and not true and Donald Trump knows it. Has he triggered the 25th Amendment yet?" a spokesman for former President Clinton said in a statement Saturday, referring to an amendment that addresses a president's ability to carry out his duties. 

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBrazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record Conway: Reported sexist Bloomberg remarks 'far worse' than what Trump said on 'Access Hollywood' tape Candidates make electability arguments, talk Bloomberg as focus turns to more diverse states MORE on Sunday downplayed Trump's promotion of the conspiracy theory, saying on "Fox News Sunday" that the president "just wants everything investigated." 

Federal officials said Saturday that Epstein had died by an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell. Epstein, who was arrested last month, had been in custody while awaiting a trial related to allegations that he trafficked dozens of minors for sex.