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NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie tangled with US President Donald Trump during his hastily-organized one-hour town hall in the network, telling him “You’re the President. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet whatever” as he defended his retweet of a QAnon conspiracy theory that his rival Joe Biden ordered the murder of SEAL Team 6 members.

Guthrie’s statement drew hundreds of thousands of reactions on social, with Mary Trump, Trump’s niece, posting that she disagrees with the description that her uncle is not crazy, Maegan Vazquez of CNN and Matthew Chapman of Raw Story. Trump’s cognitive skills crashed during the town hall as he claimed he didn’t remember whether he took a COVID test before the debate with Biden or not just as he failed to pronounce the name of the Ukranian company Burisma in his Iowa rally thrice.

Worse, Trump lied when Guthrie asked him to whom he owed $421 million that the New York Times exposed. He claimed the numbers were wrong and that what the reporters did was wrong. Further, he claimed he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since 2016 and thus could not release his tax returns. There is no law prohibiting him from releasing his tax returns, CNN, Raw Story and NBC said.

Associated Press (AP) and CNN fact checkers also belied Trump’s claims that thousands of ballots with his names on them were dumped in garbage cans. The fact-checkers said it is, again, false as only 99 ballots heading to voters in New Jersey were found in New Jersey and nine ballots were “incorrectly discarded” by a temporary poll worker in Pennsylvania. To cap the parade of Trump’s lies, fact checkers said his claim that 85% of those who wear masks is baseless just as his self-congratulations about the US not having 2.2 million deaths from COVID-19 are misplaced. His failure to save 217,000 Americans from being killed by the pandemic is the issue.

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