Updated Dec. 9: Is Donald Trump disqualified from running for president? A rash of anti-Trump Twitter users thought so on Tuesday…
They are mistaken.
Here's what caused the confusion…
The White House announced on Tuesday afternoon that the Republican front-runner should be disqualified from the 2016 presidential election.
For the White House administration to take direct part in an election is highly unusual. But in a press briefing at 2:05 p.m. ET, press secretary Josh Earnest attacked the real estate mogul's latest stance on eliminating the threat of terror at home.
"The fact is what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president," Earnest said.
He didn't stop there.
Earnest called Trump's policy "offensive" and "toxic." He urged other 2016 GOP presidential contenders to disavow their rival.
"For Republican candidates for president to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying," Earnest continued. "The question now is about the rest of the Republican Party and whether or not they're going to be dragged into the dustbin of history with him. And right now the current trajectory is not very good."
Exactly how did Trump manage to compel the sitting administration to dive headfirst into the presidential race?
Take a look…