Tapper comes under criticism for George Conway retweet that Trump is '100% insane'

 

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The CNN anchor on Monday retweeted Conway's post, which said Trump “is 100% insane and nobody in the administration has the balls to tell him that.”

On Tuesday, Tapper retweeted it again while adding, “Noteworthy comment on folks in the administration from a Trump critic who knows a lot of them:”

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The retweets and comment drew criticism online, with some saying Tapper was supporting Conway's characterization of the president.

Tapper defended himself, saying it “seems newsworthy given how many people in the administration he knows.”

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“I RTed Conway, a conservative attorney and Trump critic, because he wrote that no one in the administration has the courage to stand up to the president which seems newsworthy given how many people in the administration he knows,” Tapper tweeted. “RTs do not nec. = agreement.”

Among those who criticized Tapper was Johnathan Turley, the lone Republican witness during a House impeachment hearing last year.

Turley, a George Washington University law professor and an opinion contributor to The Hill, criticized the CNN anchor, saying his retweet “only further undermines the media by reaffirming for many that the media is campaigning against Trump rather than covering him.”

Some came to Tapper's defense, including New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait, who said Tapper “merely observed” Conway’s comments were “noteworthy.”

The Hill has reached out to CNN for comment.