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Dan Gainor: Fake news – ABC falsely portrays Kentucky shooting range as Syria battle scene

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How far will the media go to get rid of President Trump?

Journalists hyped a phony Russian collusion narrative for nearly three years. ABC News’ Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross’ false Russia reporting was so bad it actually tanked the stock market.

This week, ABC News outdid itself. It used video of shooting at a gun range in Kentucky and said it showed an attack by Turkish forces on Kurds in Syria. This made Trump look bad and potentially escalated the conflict.

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It appears someone at ABC may have tried to get the U.S. into a war. But the press downplayed the incident as an accident. The incident resembled the plot from the movie “Wag the Dog,” except the movie had better writing than ABC.

Here’s what happened. Sunday’s “World News Tonight” featured a report called “Slaughter in Syria,” with weekend anchor Tom Llamas reporting. He talked while a video appeared on screen apparently showing a massive gun battle peppered with explosions.

Describing the scene, words on the screen said: ‘CRISIS IN SYRIA, ISIS prisoners escape as death toll rises in attack.”

Llamas described the U.S. troop pullout from the Syria-Turkey border as “effectively abandoning America’s allies in the fight against ISIS.” Then he explained what looked like a terrifying scene.

“This video right here appearing to be showing Turkey’s military bombing Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town,” Llamas said. “The Kurds, who fought alongside the U.S. against ISIS – now horrific reports of atrocities committed by Turkish-backed fighters on those very allies.”

The video was so powerful that ABC used it again on “Good Morning America” the next day. This time, correspondent Ian Pannell told viewers: “This video obtained by ABC News appears to show the fury of the Turkish attack on the border town.”

Appears. But as the old saying goes, appearances can be deceiving – and they certainly were in this case. Extraordinarily deceiving, in fact.

Sure, it was amazing video. Lots of guns going off. Lots of things exploding. But it wasn’t a battle scene. The video was from a nighttime machine-gun shoot at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Ky. – not Syria.

Social media posters recognized the video wasn’t from Syria and other news outlets reported the shocking incident. ABC issued Twitter corrections, because that’s what outlets do when they are too embarrassed to tell viewers. The correction stated the network removed the video “after questions were raised about its accuracy.” Naturally, “ABC News regrets the error.”

More like ABC appears to regret the error.

This was briefly a big controversy. CNN’s Brian Stelter called it “a big black eye for ABC News.” Even The New York Times noted that “ABC News did not specify how the error had occurred.”

Journalism’s Poynter Institute added: “Into that vacuum of non-information rushed a familiar barrage of cynical accusations.” Then it proceeded to rationalize how showing the wrong video was simply an accident, because there was no proof it wasn’t.

Poynter insisted that “knowingly misrepresenting anything is not in the interest of a standards-based news organization.” Of course, the standards-based news organization also tanked the stock market in its desperate attempt to get Trump.

The president called the ABC blunder “a big scandal” and a “disgrace.” He’s right. And, perhaps, those who simply say that “accidents happen” might be right as well. ABC hasn’t elaborated and has already proved itself untrustworthy.

You notice how the news media don’t make big errors that help Trump? Instead, they assume the worst and ignore one of journalism’s cardinal rules – when a story seems too good to be true, it usually is.

ABC leaves viewers with only two disturbing choices. It is either trying to destabilize the Mideast and cause a war with NATO ally Turkey or it employs idiots who are easily duped and bosses who don’t even bother to verify the video they run.

Both choices say a lot about journalism in 2019.

Finger-pointing at Trump and Obama gets different reactions

We turn from “Wag the Dog” to wag the finger. Only no two digits are alike when it comes to the press.

This week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stood across from Trump at a crowded conference table and pointed her finger. The media couldn’t wait to celebrate Pelosi’s victory over Trump and evil men. CNN ran a video from correspondent Dana Bash headlined: “Look at Pelosi standing up to Trump at table of all men.”

That was a common theme. Give credit to the Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Kugle, who captured all sorts of examples of finger-pointing fandom. Only he paired it with media outlets up in arms when then-Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., treated then-President Barack Obama in the same manner back in 2012.

Journalists were furious at Brewer for allegedly disrespecting the president who they voted for and adored. Some even turned it into a racial incident. Jack Cafferty, then of CNN, summed up that view with the comment: “All that many saw in that famous photograph was a white woman wagging her finger at the first black president.”

Brewer took to Twitter to underscore the double-digit, double-standard. “The news media hails @SpeakerPelosi as a hero for pointing her finger at @POTUS @realDonaldTrump but when I stood up to @BarackObama I was vilified as rude and racist. Such Hypocrites!” Brewer wrote.

And she’s right. Both times the media were giving the finger to honest journalism.

Free press hates free speech

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to Georgetown University this week and gave a pivotal address on free expression. He paired it with a Washington Post op-ed, both times calling for “the freedom for people to express themselves.” And the news media were furious about it.

Think about that.

Facebook wasn’t subtle. It headlined his speech on its own site as “Mark Zuckerberg Stands for Voice and Free Expression.” It’s long past time that Big Tech did just that.

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To be fair, Zuckerberg also called for governments to deliver “new regulation in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.”

Given the tendency of governments to restrict freedom (China!) that could become a global nightmare, just as it’s becoming one in Europe. Letting government just decide so-called “hate speech” would torch online free speech.

Journalists were critical of Zuckerberg’s “controversial” speech. “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason was typical: “Coming up, Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial comments about censoring politicians.”

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There are reasons why the press is upset about “controversial” speech. A Politico article by reporter Ryan Lizza this week noted how the big social media companies are viewed as dangerous to the left. “A consensus is emerging in Democratic politics that these platforms are the greatest threat to the party’s eventual nominee,” he wrote.

That’s because the left doesn’t dominate social media the way it does traditional news. That’s a big reason why journalists want Zuckerberg and others to restrict political speech. They want to beat Trump in 2020.

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Bill Maher says Trump has made Syria ‘more anti-American than Berkeley’

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Comedian Bill Maher weighed in on President Trump‘s Syria withdrawal Friday, accusing the commander-in-chief of empowering ISIS.

“Good news, we finally found someone in the Middle East to greet us as liberators. Bad news, it’s ISIS,” Maher said on “Real Time” during his opening monologue. “We’ve let a lot of the ISIS people out.”

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Trump has faced bipartisan criticism over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. On Thursday night, the president praised a cease-fire between Turkey and the Kurds, crediting his “unconventional” approach for enabling the truce.

Just hours after Trump announced a cease-fire between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces in Syria Thursday, journalists reported continued fighting in the Syrian town of Ras al-Ayn on Friday morning, while other areas have reported relative calm since the agreement.

Maher lamented Trump’s decision, saying Syria has now been taken over not only ISIS but by Russia and Iran, and compared the new arrangment to a hotbed of liberalism in California.

“We just lost Syria. Syria is now being taken over by Russia, Iran and ISIS,” Maher joked. “Trump has created the only place in the world that is more anti-American than Berkeley.”

The comic also mentioned the “meltdown” between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump that occured Wednesday during a White House meeting over Syria.

“So Wednesday, he has Pelosi and Schumer into the White House to talk about ‘What the f— are you doing in Syria?’ He has a meltdown because Nancy Pelosi said all roads with you lead to Putin,” Maher said. “How dare you accuse me of having a plan?”

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Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Wednesday that they had walked out of a meeting with Trump on Syria policy, after he apparently called Pelosi either a “third-rate politician” or “third-grade politician” and angrily suggested the Democrats probably appreciated communist Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East.

Maher wasn’t finished directing his ire at Trump, proposing during his “New Rules” segment at the end of that he along with other celebrities bribe the president out of office.

“Just take my check for one million dollars,” Maher said, before rattling off numerous single named celebrities he thought would pitch in.

“So Mr. President, it is really very simple, you love money, we hate you,” Maher said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Media ignoring Bidens’ Ukraine dealings to protect ex-VP, Corey Lewandowski alleges

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A U.S. State Department official’s concerns in 2015 about Hunter Biden’s role in a Ukrainian business and the official’s claims of being rebuffed by the staff of then-Vice President Joe Biden are going largely unnoticed in the media, former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski said Friday.

Why have mainstream media outlets been giving little attention to the congressional testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent? Because Kent’s concerns may hurt Joe Biden’s chances of winning the White House in 2020, Lewandowski charged Friday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“We haven’t seen any of the mainstream media covering this because this is an attack on Joe Biden,” he said. “The liberal left is rallying around Joe Biden. And, the truth is, we know what Hunter Biden has now said: If his father gets elected president, he won’t join any foreign boards [and] he won’t try and influence his father.”

“The liberal left is rallying around Joe Biden.”

— Corey Lewandowski

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Lewandowski said Hunter Biden’s no-foreign-entanglements pledge would be like him claiming he would stop slam-dunking over other players if he played pro basketball.

“When it’s the Democrats doing this, [the media] turns a blind eye to it,” he said. “It’s just not going to happen, we know that, so these are just false promises.”

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Kent, who testified behind closed doors before House committees spearheading the formal Trump impeachment inquiry, told congressional investigators he had qualms about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

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The Washington Post first reported details of Kent’s testimony Friday, including his concerns that the younger Biden’s role in the overseas company could complicate U.S. diplomatic efforts with Ukrainian officials, and raised the issue of a possible conflict of interest. Kent also testified he was worried that Hunter Biden’s position would make Ukrainian officials think he was a channel of influence to his father, who was vice president at the time.

A congressional source confirmed to Fox News on Friday that Kent testified that when he brought his concerns to the office of the vice president in 2016, Joe Biden’s staff “blew him off” and ignored the issue involving the younger Biden’s role at the firm. The Post first reported that staffers said they did not have the “bandwidth” to deal with the issue, as his other son — former Delaware State Attorney General Beau Biden — was battling the cancer from which he ultimately died in 2015.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Trump campaign unfazed by Buttigieg, Klobuchar cash hauls, RNC boss Ronna McDaniel says

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Reports of big post-debate cash hauls by Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg pose no threat to the Trump 2020 campaign, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Friday.

“There’s no bigger juggernaut right now in fundraising than President Trump,” McDaniel said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“There’s no bigger juggernaut right now in fundraising than President Trump.”

— Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman, Republican National Committee

“The RNC and President Trump combined raised $125 million in the third quarter,” she continued. “We have $156 million cash on hand and there’s nobody even close.”

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Democrats were likely talking up the Klobuchar and Buttigieg fundraising boosts amid signs that the candidacy of former Vice President Joe Biden, who had been the party’s 2020 frontrunner, seems to be “waning,” McDaniel said.

“It’s been three debates,” she said. “He’s not been able to solidify any frontrunner status. And now the donors are saying, ‘Oh my goodness, we’ve got to find another person’.” (The Democrats have actually had four rounds of debates since late June — in Miami, Detroit, Houston and Westerville, Ohio.)

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Biden’s lead in the polls appears to be “dissipating,” McDaniel continued. But she acknowledged the Democratic presidential primary field isn’t likely to thin out anytime soon.

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During a campaign stop in New Hampshire’s capital city, Klobuchar told the crowd she had raised $1.1 million in the 24 hours following Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Ohio.

“That shows something happened, that people were watching and they responded. And that is a very big deal for us,” Klobuchar said.

Additionally, Buttigieg’s campaign touted his reported $1.1 million haul as “one of our biggest fundraising days yet.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Karl Rove to Hillary Clinton: ‘Put up or shut up’ on Tulsi Gabbard accusations

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Former George W. Bush senior adviser Karl Rove admonished Hillary Clinton on Friday for accusing Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard of being a Russian asset, saying Clinton should present proof of her claims or “go away.”

“Put up or shut up,” Rove said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

“She’s either got to come forward with the evidence of the bots in the platforms or the sites that are being used on behalf of Gabbard,” Rove continued. “She has to come up with the evidence of Jill Stein was a Russian asset. Tell us who proved that that was the case. Or better yet, just shut up or go away. This is just appalling.”

HILLARY CLINTON FLOATS CONSPIRACY THAT TULSI GABBARD IS BEING ‘GROOMED’ BY RUSSIANS

Earlier Friday, Clinton in a podcast interview appeared to float a conspiracy theory that the Russians were “grooming” Gabbard, the Hawaii congresswoman and U.S. military veteran, to be a third-party candidate in 2020 — although Clinton didn’t mention Gabbard by name.

In the same discussion, Clinton claimed that 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein was “also” a Russian asset.

Some Democrats have repeatedly accused Gabbard of being a “puppet for the Russian government.”

Gabbard responded to Clinton on Friday in a Twitter message.

“Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain.”

Rove called Clinton’s charges “outrageous” and wondered aloud why the former first lady would “engage in this kind of bizarre activity.”

“And she better either prove them, give the evidence to the FBI if she believes it. Or if [the allegations are] actually true, give them to the American people, “Rove added.

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Also on “The Story,” Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman defended Clinton’s remarks and attacked President Trump, prompting Rove and MacCallum to ask Zimmerman to quit deflecting.

“Hillary Clinton has either lost it, and if she hasn’t lost it, then put the evidence out there and let all the American people judge whether or not this is true,” Rove said.

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Tulsi Gabbard blasts Hillary Clinton after Russian asset comments: ‘I stand against everything she represents’

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, fired back at Hillary Clinton’s comments on a podcast in which she claimed there is a current primary contender who is an “asset of the Russians.”

On “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson said a news reporter later asked Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill if the former secretary of state was referring to Gabbard.

Carlson said Merrill responded with the comment, “If the nesting doll fits, this is not some outlandish claim, this is reality.”

The former secretary of state is targeting her because she opposes Clinton’s foreign policy platform, the Hawaii lawmaker said.

Gabbard told Carlson that Clinton and her “proxies” are sending a message not only to her but to veterans, active service members and Americans who are against foreign interventionism.

“They are saying that you are also a Russian asset — that you are also a traitor to this country,” Gabbard said. “The reason why she is doing this is because, ultimately she knows that she can’t control me — that I stand against everything that she represents, and that if I’m elected president, that she won’t be able to control me.”

Gabbard dared Clinton to run for president in 2020, fighting back against assertions that she is a Russian asset

GABBARD DARES CLINTON TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020, FIGHTS BACK AGAINST ASSERTIONS THAT SHE IS A RUSSIAN ASSET

“This is about Hillary Clinton sending a very strong message saying that because I am — and have long been — calling for an end to our country’s foreign policy of waging one regime change war after the next,” she said, listing military conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Syria.

She claimed Clinton was essentially accusing her of being “a Russian asset and a traitor to the nation that I love.”

Clinton did not mention Gabbard specifically by name when she was on former President Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, though Plouffe ended the podcast by noting Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”

“She is the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton said to Plouffe during the interview. She also claimed 2016 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein is “also a Russian asset.”

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Gabbard responded to Clinton via Twitter.

“Thank you, Hillary Clinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. … It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly,” she said.

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The Hawaii lawmaker also claimed Clinton has been targeting her since the moment she launched her 2020 candidacy.

She said Clinton is responsible for military casualties in the Iraq War, which she supported as a U.S. Senator from New York.

“Their blood is on her hands,” Gabbard said.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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CNN’s April Ryan backs out as moderator of Buttigieg event after backlash

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CNN White House correspondent and political analyst April Ryan pulled out as moderator of a campaign event for 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Friday after receiving backlash for being on the bill for what turned out to be a fundraiser.

As soon as critics pointed out that Ryan was participating in a fundraiser, Ryan clarified that she would not be participating.

“I agreed to interview Pete Buttigieg this weekend — the campaign was not clear that the venue would be a fundraiser,” Ryan tweeted. “We’ll be rescheduling the interview to a more appropriate time/place. Looking forward to asking him the tough questions the [American Urban Radio Network] audience wants answers to.”

What was billed as a “grassroots event” was slated to be a one-on-one sit-down between the journalist and the South Bend, Ind. mayor. It was scheduled for Saturday in Washington, D.C. Tickets ranged from $15 to $500.

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Ryan, who is an outspoken critic of President Trump, recently posted about her relationship with Buttigieg, revealing he invited her as his guest to the Congressional Black Caucus dinner.

“Thank you @PeteButtigieg for inviting me to be your guest at the CBC Dinner,” Ryan said. “The last time I was invited to the dinner by a presidential candidate was @barackobama. You know what happened after that!”

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Michael Moore endorses Bernie Sanders: ‘He isn’t afraid to say capitalism is the problem’

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president on Friday. He said Sanders isn’t “afraid” to say that capitalism is the problem.

Moore revealed on MSNBC that he will make a formal appearance at a Sanders campaign rally over the weekend. 

“Why me for Bernie? Because Bernie understands that capitalism and the greedy form of capitalism, especially that we have now, is at the core of so many of the problems that we’re talking about. And he’s not afraid to come out and just say that — that it’s the problem,” Moore said, adding that he thinks Bernie could beat President Trump.

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The Oscar-winning filmmaker said he endorsed Sanders “30 years ago” when he ran for Congress, adding that the politician’s two other major backers at the time were the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.

Last month, the “Fahrenheit 9/11” director suggested that one of Sanders’ rivals, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, doesn’t believe it when she calls herself a “capitalist,” a label she has repeatedly given herself.

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Turkey-Syria cease-fire is ‘not a success,’ Republican lawmaker says

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House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said the Turkey-Syria cease-fire amid a U.S. troop pullout in Syria is not a success.

Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran of the Iraq War, told Neil Cavuto Friday on “Your World” that the cease-fire’s terms essentially allow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reach his goal in the region.

“First off, time will tell on the cease-fire,” he said. “Keep in mind, by the time this expires, Erdogan and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin are meeting, so the question is are they going to have a meeting and carve up Syria for themselves? A cease-fire isn’t success — it’s basically saying ‘we’re going to take a pause.'”

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Kinzinger said the 120-hour pause in fighting allows the Kurdish population to withdraw from northern Syria, which he said is what Erdogan wanted all along.

“The problem was we never needed to be here,” he said.

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“And, evident by the fact we had to bomb our own military base, it was a hasty withdrawal,” Kinzinger said.

On “Your World,” the Illinois Republican said he believed the U.S. military could not remain in Syria forever, but that Trump’s withdrawal was flawed.

“It’s another thing to just announce it on Twitter and say you’re ending an endless war, when this is the exact kind of map we need to use to win wars with allies in the future without heavy American involvement,” he said.

“Nobody believes that Turkey would have attacked U.S. troops,” he added, calling the entire situation “unfortunate.”

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Betsy DeVos blasts Democrats’ ‘crazy’ plans to eliminate student loan debt

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos panned Democratic proposals to eliminate student loan debt, calling them a “federal takeover of higher education.”

DeVos appeared on “Special Report” on Friday and said if the federal government forgives college loan debt, the burden would be shifted to those Americans who opted not to go to college.

“Their proposals are crazy,” she said, saying some could cost into the trillions of dollars.

“Who do they think is actually going to pay for these? It’s going to be two of the three Americans that aren’t going to college paying for the one out of three that do,” DeVos said. “Let’s look at this for what it really is: A federal takeover of higher education.”

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On the Democratic primary ballot, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., released a plan in June that calls for all student debt to be eliminated regardless of family income level, and that students from families with incomes of $25,000 or less would have their college costs covered.

The plan would be paid for with a tax on stock trades, bonds, derivatives and other types of investments. The Vermont lawmaker called the plan “a revolutionary proposal.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she plans to cancel $50,000 in student debt for each person with household incomes under $100,000.

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On “Special Report,” DeVos, 61, said fixing the American education system is the most important issue for the nation’s future.

“We are not preparing students today,” said claimed. “We need to see education in the future being really engaging, personal, relevant — and every student able to achieve their fullest potential.”

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DeVos said American education scores are nowhere near those of other nations.

“Two out of three eighth-graders can’t read or write at their grade level,” she said.

DeVos also rejected a claim by Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, who claimed President Trump is not properly supporting the public education system.

“The Trump administration is not doing anything on public education,” Weingarten said. “We have to make sure [public schools] are well-funded and we have to make sure that they have the resources they need so that every child has a shot in public school.”

DeVos said people can’t do “the same thing over and over again and [be] expecting different results.”

“The pivot that we need to make is a dramatic one,” she said. “It is to really allow for education freedom — for parents and students to find the right fit to prepare them for their futures.”

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Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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