Howard Dean was largely unapologetic Friday morning when he returned to MSNBC, where he is a paid contributor, to defend his allegations that Donald Trump may have been high on cocaine during the first presidential debate.
“People who stay up at 3:00 and 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning tweeting about sex tapes, these are not normal people,” Dean said, referring to Trump’s tweets early Friday targeting former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
“There is something the matter with him, and I don’t know what it is,” Dean continued. “Let me say this: I would be very willing to apologize. Not to Donald Trump, but I don’t think using innuendo is a good thing. But the problem is much greater than that.”
Dean said he would rather “the media of this country” apologize for giving Trump “$2 billion worth of free time.” He wondered why he didn’t hear “the pompous hand-wringing editorials on Bloomberg News” when Trump surrogates spread bogus rumors about Hillary Clinton having Parkinson’s Disease.
Dean said he had tweeted about Trump’s imagined cocaine use “on purpose, so I could say just exactly what I said.”
“And so I apologize for using innuendo,” Dean said. “I don’t think it’s a good thing to do. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. This entire campaign has been debased by innuendo. Where was the mainstream media calling out innuendo 15 months ago when Donald Trump started running for president of the United States? That’s what I want to know. Do your job.”