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Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight

Several guests on the Sunday morning political talk shows weighed in on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE's retweet of a conspiracy theory surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in jail, with the White House downplaying the president's post and several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates criticizing him for it.

Guests also discussed the outlook for gun reform legislation in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and recent raids that swept up undocumented immigrants in Mississippi.

Read The Hill's full coverage below.

Conway downplays Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet: 'I think the president just wants everything to be investigated'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE on Sunday addressed President Trump’s retweet of a conspiracy theory about the death of financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, saying on “Fox News Sunday” that he “wants everything to be investigated.”
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Booker: Trump using same tactics, language as Russians with Epstein conspiracy theory retweet
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerJudge whose son was killed by gunman: 'Federal judiciary is under attack' Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires MORE (N.J.), a Democratic White House hopeful, said on Sunday that President Trump's "dangerous" tactics on Twitter echo those of Russians attacking U.S. democracy. 
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O'Rourke: Trump 'changing the conversation' with retweet of Epstein conspiracy theory
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE said on Sunday that President Trump's recent retweet of a conspiracy theory related to the death of Jeffrey Epstein in prison is the president's latest attempt to change the national conversation. 
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Jake Tapper calls out Trump for sharing 'deranged' and 'insane' conspiracy theory about Epstein death
By JUSTIN WISE
 
CNN host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE opened his show on Sunday by calling out President Trump for promoting a "deranged" and "insane" conspiracy theory about the death of disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who died by an apparent suicide over the weekend. 
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Conway: Republican concerns about gun reform 'all reconcilable'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday expressed optimism that Republican senators who have been skeptical about gun control measures would cooperate with President Trump, saying their concerns are “all reconcilable.”
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Bloomberg: McConnell may allow gun reform vote to boost reelection chances
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (I) on Sunday speculated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (R-Ky.) might allow a vote on gun control measures in the wake of two deadly mass shootings to increase his reelection chances.
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O'Rourke says Trump's behavior during El Paso visit shows 'how sick this guy is'
By REBECCA KLAR 
 
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said President Trump's behavior while visiting victims of the El Paso, Texas shooting last week shows "how sick" the president is. 
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Scalise: Trump no more responsible for El Paso than 'Bernie Sanders is for my shooting'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future MORE (R-La.) on Sunday dismissed claims that President Trump’s rhetoric was responsible for last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, comparing it to his own shooting by a former campaign volunteer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) in 2017. 
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Sanders: Trump doesn't 'want to see somebody get shot' but 'creates the climate for it'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House candidate, said Sunday that he believes President Trump “creates the climate” for events like last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, but that he does not believe Trump wants “to see somebody get shot.” 
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Bloomberg knocks Trump's rhetoric: He can't 'shoot off his mouth and say anything'
By JOHN BOWDEN
 
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a new interview that he believes President Trump encourages the kind of attacks like the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, Calif., with his rhetoric targeting immigrants and minority communities.
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Tim Ryan: 'White supremacists think that Donald trump is a white supremacist'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
“The white supremacists think that Donald Trump is a white supremacist,” Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Now's the time to make 'Social Emotional Learning' a national priority Mourners gather outside Supreme Court after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (D-Ohio), a 2020 White House hopeful,  told “Fox News Sunday's” Bill Hemmer. “I would just say when you look at this kid in El Paso, he was saying similar things to what President Trump has said.”
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Harris: Russian election interference exposed race as nation's 'Achilles heel'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden says family will avoid business conflicts Biden says China must play by 'international norms' MORE (D-Calif.), a presidential candidate, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election made clear that race is the “Achilles heel” of the U.S.
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Steve Bannon: 'President Trump is not a racist'
By RACHEL FRAZIN
 
Former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin Bannon Fauci: 'I don't socialize. It's my wife and I and the federal agents' Flynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media MORE said in an interview that aired Sunday that President Trump is not a racist and blamed the "radical left" for divisions in the U.S.
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Immigration officials defend Mississippi ICE raids as part of larger investigation
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Immigration officials on Sunday defended the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that resulted in 680 workers at Mississippi food processing plants being detained and said they were still investigating the employers.
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Harris: Immigration raids part of 'campaign of terror' that will result in 'flawed' census
By KYLE BALLUCK 
 
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) a 2020 presidential contender, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that recent raids that swept up hundreds of undocumented immigrants in Mississippi are part of a “campaign of terror” that will result in a "flawed" census.
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Trump 'betrayed a lot of people' with trade policies, Harris says
By KYLE BALLUCK
 
Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), a Democratic White House hopeful, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that President Trump “betrayed a lot of people” with his trade policies, which she said are motivated by his “fragile ego.”
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Bloomberg: Next generation of Democrats needs to 'earn their spurs'
By ZACK BUDRYK 
 
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) on Sunday said a younger generation of Democrats needs to "earn their spurs" before they "own the right to set the agenda."
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Gore touts economic benefit for US in taking on 'brunt' of dealing with climate change
By REGINA ZILBERMINTS
 
Former vice president and environmental activist Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreThe Memo: Harris moves signal broad role as VP By making Durham special counsel, AG Barr spares Biden tough choices Press: Divided government begins in Georgia MORE defended the possibility of the U.S. taking on the "brunt" of the global response to climate change, saying the steps the nation takes would have wide-ranging economic benefits.
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