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CNN host doesn't challenge guest who claims Trump will kill 'many millions more' than Hitler, Stalin, Mao
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CNN host doesn't challenge guest who claims Trump will kill 'many millions more' than Hitler, Stalin, Mao

'Must hand it to CNN: FINALLY they help deem Trump a larger mass murderer than Hitler, Mao AND Stalin!!'

Psychiatrist Allen Frances claimed on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday that President Donald Trump's leadership will result in more deaths than the destructive actions of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.

Frances, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, said:

Calling Trump crazy hides the fact that we're crazy for having elected him. And even crazier for allowing his crazy policies to persist.

Trump is as destructive a person in this century as Hitler, Stalin and Mao were in the last century. He may be responsible for many million more deaths than they were. He needs to be contained, but he needs to be contained by attacking his policies, not his person.

While Frances' comments were shocking — considering Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong were collectively responsible for killing tens of millions of people — even more stunning was the fact that show host Brian Stelter did not interject, question, push back, or fact check Frances.

Instead, Stelter allowed Frances to continue talking while he stared directly into the camera.

CNN Guest Allen Frances Claims Trump Has Killed More Than Hitler.www.youtube.com

Stelter's reaction — or more aptly, his non-reaction — triggered a wave of backlash on social media. He was criticized for not pushing back or questioning Frances' outlandish claim, a routine responsibility for show hosts.

Erick Erickson:

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld:

Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross:

Media reporter Joe Concha:

Pollster Frank Luntz:

Donald Trump Jr.:

How did Stelter respond?

He said he should have interrupted Frances, but didn't because he did not hear what Frances said. Stelter claimed he was "distracted by tech difficulties."

But not everyone believed Stelter because, as the Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra noted, CNN promoted the segment that included the comments on social media.

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Chris Enloe

Chris Enloe

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