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Trump melts down and calls reporters who gained't unfold his Russia disinformation criminals

Trump raged against reporters in Phoenix, Arizona for failing to spread his Russian disinformation about Joe Biden. Trump called reporters criminals.

Trump was asked why he called Joe Biden a criminal.

He replied, "Joe Biden is a criminal and he's been a long-time criminal and you are a media criminal for not reporting him."

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"You are a criminal because you did not report it. You are a criminal because you did not report it." – Trump calls @ jeffmason1 "a criminal" for not reporting on Hunter Biden's emails. Pic.twitter.com/k9f7sTHm93

– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 19, 2020

Donald Trump and his family are under criminal investigation in New York for potential bank and credit fraud. Joe Biden and his family are not under criminal investigation.

The real reason for Trump's anger is that he can't inject the Russian smears and disinformation into the mainstream media like in 2016. It is not a crime for the media not to report fake information obtained from a hostile foreign actor interfering in the presidential election to help Donald Trump.

Trump has long assumed journalists are stupid and report anything he claims or pushes into the media as fact, but that won't happen in 2020. Trump claims he passed information to the Wall Street Journal that will create a new Joe Biden scandal, but with just two weeks to go until election day, the president states that the press will not advance Putin's disinformation.

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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.

Awards and professional memberships

Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association

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