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Shaun King Under Fire for Accusing Rachel Maddow of Reporting ‘Interference’ with Sanders Campaign [VIDEO]

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Shaun King introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a rally in the capital of his home state of Vermont on May 25, 2019 in Montpelier, Vermont. This was the first Vermont rally of Sanders’ 2020 campaign.
(May 24, 2019 – Source: SCOTT EISEN/Getty Images North America)

*Shaun King has come under fire for making misleading claims about MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow ’s Super Tuesday reporting.

King, a staunch supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, tweeted that Maddow “reported that multiple ‘senior officials’ within the Democratic Party are interfering with the primaries” in an effort to stop the presidential hopeful. 

“BREAKING: @MSNBC & @maddow just reported that multiple “senior officials” within the Democratic Party are interfering with the primaries to stop @BernieSanders,” King wrote, ajc.com reports. “They reported that the party has asked Bloomberg to drop out so that Biden would have an easier time against Bernie.”

See his post below. 

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Maddow caught wind of the chatter and tweeted King directly, stating: “What? No. I didn’t report any such thing.”

The controversial King then shared a clip of MSNBC’s Super Tuesday coverage.

“It’s striking to hear [NBC News reporter Josh] Lederman say that the Bloomberg campaign is experiencing intense pressure from multiple sources inside the Democratic party that he needs to quit,” Maddow said in the clip — see below: 

Maddow didn’t say officials are “interfering,” which King claimed. Still, he captioned the clip: “This is you, right @maddow? Do you not say, “The Bloomberg campaign is experiencing INTENSE PRESSURE from multiple sources from inside of the Democratic Party that he needs to quit?” Seems like you. And seems like you literally said those words.  

In a tweet Sunday night, King then claimed staffers for former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke felt betrayed when he endorsed Biden (see post below):

The 40-year-old Kentucky native has faced controversy over the years about his racial identity, advocacy and fundraising. Twitter users were quick to remind him of this while responding to his latest claims on Super Tuesday. Check out some of the reactions below:

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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