CNN Guest Says Trump ‘Radicalized More People Than ISIS’, Forced to Apologize
A CNN guest and GQ correspondent made outrageous claims about President Donald J. Trump before realizing how embarrassingly hyperbolic they were and apologizing for them.
“This president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” said Julia Ioffe on The Lead with Jake Tapper. “The way he allows these people – the way he winks and nods to these groups, the way he says ‘I know I’m not supposed to say it but I’m a nationalist,’ the way he hems and haws when he has to condemn these people, kind of says ‘fine, okay, I condemn this,’ but then…”
Ioffe was cut off by another panel member who scolded Tapper for not pushing back on the claim. The segment devolved from there, and eventually Ioffe apologized. She begrudgingly apologized later on Twitter, making excuses for her ridiculous hyperbole.
“I clarified and apologized on air, but I’ll say it again here. This has been a very emotional and painful time, but I absolutely should not have gone with such hyperbole on the air. I apologize,” she said.
I clarified and apologized on air, but I’ll say it again here. This has been a very emotional and painful time, but I absolutely should not have gone with such hyperbole on the air. I apologize.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018
ISIS literally beheads people. To compare Trump to ISIS in any capacity is vulgar. But this is CNN, after all.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 29, 2018