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 TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 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 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 Anthony BookerDemocrats' Obama-to-Sanders shift on charter schooling This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter 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'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas 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 TapperMurphy: No concerns with Sanders on gun policy Dean says he's not worried Sanders would harm down-ballot Democratic candidates Democrats ramp up attacks on opponents in final pitch before New Hampshire 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 Rubens BloombergSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap MORE (I) on Sunday speculated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer on Trump intel shakeup: 'Disgrace,' 'closer to a banana republic' Bottom Line The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge 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 ScaliseScalise after Democrat asks for examples of Sanders supporters 'being bad': 'I can think of an example' Bottom line Pelosi's staff huddles with aides in both parties on 'surprise' medical billing 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 SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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) RyanDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Democrats walk out of Trump's address: 'It's like watching professional wrestling' Trump set to confront his impeachment foes 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 Devi HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates 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 BannonStone faces sentencing amid political firestorm Sunday shows preview: 2020 Democrats jockey for top spot ahead of Nevada caucuses Yes, Democrats have to defend their African-American base against Trump 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 Gore'Where's your spoon?' What we didn't learn in the latest debate The Hill's Morning Report - In Nevada, bets on Sanders, eyes on Bloomberg Mellman: Primary elections aren't general elections 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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