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Howard Dean’s Unhinged, Unfounded Accusation of Cocaine Abuse Only Helps Donald Trump

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During Monday’s presidential debate, former Vermont governor and DNC chair Howard Dean tweeted out a suggestion that Donald Trump was a cocaine user.

“I just was struck by the sniffing and then by his behavior, which all sort of came together, these four symptoms,” the one-time presidential candidate followed up with MSNBC’s Kate Snow in an interview on September 29. “You know, do I think he has a cocaine habit? I think it’s unlikely that you could mount a presidential campaign at 70 years old with a cocaine habit, but it’s striking.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who wrote the book The Making of Donald Trump, tweeted that Trump doesn’t do drugs or even drink alcohol.

This manufactured outrage by Dean, based on pure speculation over a few sniffles from Trump during the first half hour of the debate, is one of the reasons why Trump’s questionable comments and actual record don’t significantly impact his polling. Dean’s drug-use suggestion has no basis in truth other than it turns denigrating Trump into an amusement. This type of rhetoric has done a terrific job of helping Trump, because it makes voters even more resistant to legitimate criticisms of him. – READ MORE

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