Howard Dean says he’s not apologizing for his controversial tweet Monday night, which insinuated that Donald Trump may have a drug problem.
On Tuesday, Dean appeared on MSNBC, telling anchor Kate Snow that he doesn’t believe Trump has a cocaine “habit,” but insisting “something funny was going on.”
“I don’t make diagnosis on the television — it’s medically improper,” he told Snow. “But I don’t think this was a ridiculous idea. Something funny was going on with Trump last night.”
Dean then went on to list the symptoms of cocaine abusers that he says were visible during Trump’s presidential debate performance, including sniffling, grandiosity, delusions and pressured speech.
Trump’s incessant sniffing became a trending topic on social media, igniting memes and the hashtag #TrumpSniffle. A mashup of Trump’s sniffles has been viewed more than 18,000 times on YouTube.
Dean, a physician turned politician, mused on Twitter, “Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?”
Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016
Ironically, Trump has been suggesting for months that Clinton has been sick, pointing to her coughing fit as evidence that “something’s going on.”
The Trump-Clinton face-off, which took place at Hofstra University and was hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt, broke the previous Nielsen record for a presidential debate set in 1980 when Jimmy