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 opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes 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 ConwayNBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing Conway: Trump reacted 'pretty well' to impeachment hearing because 'there was nothing new' 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 BookerOvernight Health Care: Warren promises gradual move to 'Medicare for All' | Rivals dismiss Warren plan for first 100 days | White House unveils rules on disclosing hospital prices | Planned Parenthood wins case against anti-abortion group Election 2020: Why I'm watching Amy and Andy Democratic senators introduce bill to block funding for border wall live stream 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'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' 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 TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' 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 BloombergBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left Bloomberg does not file to run in New Hampshire primary MORE (I) on Sunday speculated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell Top House Democrats ask for review of DHS appointments Warren promises gradual move toward 'Medicare for All' in first 100 days 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 ScaliseLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Bottom Line Trump allies assail impeachment on process while House Democrats promise open hearings soon 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 SandersBloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states Obama cautions 2020 hopefuls against going too far left What are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? 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) RyanThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Tim Ryan endorses Biden for president Strategists say Warren 'Medicare for All' plan could appeal to centrists 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 HarrisTrump to hold campaign rally in Florida later this month Overnight Health Care: Warren promises gradual move to 'Medicare for All' | Rivals dismiss Warren plan for first 100 days | White House unveils rules on disclosing hospital prices | Planned Parenthood wins case against anti-abortion group Harris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires 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 BannonJury finds Stone guilty of lying to Congress Jury set to begin deliberating in Stone trial The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine 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 GoreWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Krystal Ball hits media over questions on Sanders's electability 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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