CNN's New Day: "President Trump is waging a fact-free campaign of fear ahead of the midterm elections"
John Berman: "There is no evidence for some of these claims, which might be the very point. ... The falsehood, or, in some cases, the lie, is meant to scare you."
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From the October 23 edition of CNN's New Day:
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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): President Trump is waging a fact-free campaign of fear ahead of the midterm elections that are now two weeks from today. The president is making lots of outlandish claims that seem to be getting weirder by the day. He's saying strange things about the migrants from Central America, about Saudi Arabia, about jobs, about a nonexistent tax plan. So, what's going on here? Well, there is racially charged rhetoric, and it seems tailor-made for his base.
JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): Again, there is no evidence for some of these claims, which might be the very point. The big headline in The Washington Post this morning, "Trump and Republicans settle on fear -- and falsehoods -- as a midterm strategy." So, the fib is the feature, it's not a bug. The falsehood, or, in some cases, the lie, is meant to scare you, and the idea is, the more it is repeated and the more it frightens, the very argument about the details does some of the work for it. So, keep that in mind as you listen to what the president said overnight.