NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Mark Cuban Visits Fox News Channel's "Watters' World" at FOX Studios on June 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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"Shouldn't you back up accusations with facts?

By Ben Geier
August 23, 2016

Mark Cuban has made no secret of his disdain for Republican nominee Donald Trump and support for Hillary Clinton. He’s questioned whether Trump is actually a billionaire, claimed that Clinton is a superior negotiator, and belittled Trump’s intelligence.

On Tuesday, the billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner went after Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, for criticizing Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

It all started when Welch, a loyal Republican, tweeted allegations of “pay-to-play” politics involving the Clinton Foundation, the controversial philanthropic venture Clinton and her family have run.

Austan Goolsbee, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama administration, had appeared on The Kelly File, a Fox News program hosted by Megyn Kelly. Goolsbee had debated another guest over whether Clinton emails had shown her aides were doing favors for Clinton Foundation donors.

Cuban then came back with a series of tweets disparaging Welch’s accusations.

Cuban apparently was making an allusion to the fact that when Welch was CEO, critics had accused him of manipulating numbers, Business Insider notes. Welch is no fan of the Democratic Party. He has accused President Barack Obama and his “Chicago guys” of cooking jobs numbers, making the numbers look better than they are. Welch never offered any evidence.

Cuban also tweeted that “no lies” had been found in the thousands of Clinton e-mails and accused Trump of lying on Federal Elections Commission documents.

Cuban initially said he’d consider being a vice president running mate of Clinton or Trump. He’s more recently appeared on the campaign trail for Clinton in his hometown of Pittsburgh.

 

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