Dan Abrams on why Trump is sometimes a liar and sometimes just inaccurate


ABC News’ chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams thinks the media needs to distinguish between Donald Trump’s inaccuracies and his lies. Abrams joined “Salon Talks” to discuss his book, “Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency”, which explores the year 1859 and takes the reader inside a murder trial courtroom with Abraham Lincoln, nine months before he got the Republican nomination. The book unearths the only transcript of Lincoln’s law career ever found, discovered in a garage in 1989. Abrams even explains how some lessons from the book could be applied to the current political situation, including the Mueller investigation. But Abrams emphasizes the importance of how the media perceives Donald Trump.

Abrams explains to Salon’s Executive Editor Andrew O’Hehir, “It can't be every time the president says something that is not accurate, it's a lie. Because I think to say it's a lie, there has to be . . . I don't want to say proof, but you have to believe that he knows it's not true.” In this divisive period of United States history, Abrams stresses why it’s important to distinguish between the two situations of lying and being inaccurate, “I do think that the media has an obligation to state that it is inaccurate.”

Watch the video above to hear Abrams’ analysis on whether Trump believed that there was a law that required the separation of children from their parents at the border. And watch the full interview to learn more about Abrams’ book on Lincoln’s last trial as a lawyer before he took office. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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