In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Donald Trump defended tweeting a series of fabricated murder statistics designed to perpetuate racist stereotypes.
“I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert and it was also a radio show,” Trump said.
Trump actually copy-and-pasted a tweet from @SeanSean252, an anonymous Twitter user. @SeanSean252’s bio does not indicate that he is an expert in crime statistics or any other kind of expert.
The radio show Trump referenced, The Wayne Dupree Show, had nothing to do with the tweet. @WayneDupreeShow was simply tagged in @SeanSean252’s original tweet along with Trump.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2015
Trump made it clear he takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information he broadcasts to his 5 million followers. “Am I gonna check every statistic?” Trump said, “I get millions and millions of people @realDonaldTrump by the way… all it was a retweet.”
O’Reilly protested and said that, as a presidential candidates, he had an obligation to check his facts. “Don’t do this. Don’t put your name on stuff like this. Because it makes the other side — it gives them stuff to tell the ill-informed voter that you’re a racist. You’re just handing them a platter,” O’Reilly said.
“It came from sources that are very credible, what can I tell you,” Trump replied.