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 TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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 ConwayThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Florida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution Trump adopts familiar mantra on possible recession: fake news 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 BookerCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report 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'RourkeCastro qualifies for next Democratic primary debates 2020 Democrats react to NYPD firing of officer in Garner case: 'Finally' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall 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 TapperButtigieg says voting for Trump is 'at best' looking the other way on racism White House trade adviser says Chinese tariffs are not hurting US Former acting solicitor general: 'Literally unfathomable' that Trump would retweet conspiracy theory about Epstein death 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 BloombergSunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Bloomberg: Next generation of Democrats needs to 'earn their spurs' Bloomberg: McConnell may allow gun reform vote to boost reelection chances MORE (I) on Sunday speculated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons 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'
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House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseManchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Sanders: Trump doesn't 'want to see somebody get shot' but 'creates the climate for it' 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 SandersHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' The exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden 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) John RyanBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Tim Ryan jokes he's having 'dance-off' with Andrew Yang The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape 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 HarrisHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Sanders leads Democratic field in Colorado poll 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 BannonThe specter of Steve Bannon may loom over 2020 Trump campaign Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Steve Bannon: 'President Trump is not a racist' 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 Gore2020 Democrats release joint statement ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally Deregulated energy markets made Texas a clean energy giant Gun safety is actually a consensus issue 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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