CNN’s April Ryan under fire after tweeting article suggesting Trump could be running child sex trafficking ring

On Sunday, Trump-hating CNN “analyst” April Ryan caused a stir when she tweeted an article from “The Root” suggesting that Donald Trump could be running a child sex trafficking ring, Fox News reported.

Ryan offered no context or commentary on the link she tweeted:

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Among those who condemned Ryan was for the tweet was Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump.

“If you’re a journalist w many followers & a @CNNPolitics contributor…is it ok to retweet any headline you want, regardless of if it’s true?” Grisham asked on Twitter. “Remember: ‘The core purpose of a journalist is to research, document, write, & present the news in an honest, ethical, & unbiased way.’”

What about the article itself?

After calling Trump a “conspiracy whisperer,” The Root’s Jason Johnson notes: “Now it turns out that the Trump administration may have an equally implausible conspiracy on its hands: Is the administration involved in child sex trafficking or just white nationalism?”


Turns out others weren’t impressed at all:

Is there such a thing as going too low for April Ryan?



Except this isn’t even journalism…

Fox’s Britt McHenry noted: “Trump Derrangement Syndrome has gone off the rails. How can a major network contributor tweet this out?”

“Case solved,” tweeted Michael Sheridan, who observed that The Root is owned by Univision, whose president and CEO criticized Trump during the presidential campaign, Fox said.



Ryan fired back, claiming people just want to bash her for clicks:

The Root article does conclude with this:

Now, of course, none of this means that Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump are part of some vast conspiracy to sell minority children to the highest bidder like some scene out of Taken 4: Bad Hombres. This could all just be a series of unfortunate policies and events. It could just be white nationalism at work, destroying black and brown families seeking a better life, and demonstrating a careless disregard for nonwhite children.

However, why be hamstrung by the facts, as bad as they are? Trump has shown America that you can get away with whatever salacious, ridiculous and unfounded conspiracy you want as long as you say it loudly enough and find enough other people to repeat it.

Which story sounds better: Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions continue their white nationalist policies by destroying refugee and undocumented immigrant families, or Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions let missing children fall prey to sex traffickers? If you can’t figure out which is the better conspiracy, imagine any of this happening at this level—the missing children, the separation of families and lack of concern for finding them—under the Obama administration. Which story do you think Trump would actually tweet? He’s never been one to let facts get in the way of a good conspiracy.

Apparently, neither is April Ryan, who didn’t exactly handle this very well.  But keep in mind, this is the same April Ryan who accused Sarah Huckabee Sanders of possibly poisoning her with a chocolate pecan pie…


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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