Commentator on CNN Compares Trump to ISIS: He’s ‘Radicalized So Many More People’

GQ magazine writer Julia Ioffe left her fellow panelist nearly speechless on Monday after she compared President Donald Trump to ISIS.

Her comments came just after she blamed the president for a mass shooting that left 11 people dead at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

While appearing on CNN, Ioffe suggested that Trump radicalized people like ISIS did but had a bigger impact.

“One of the things that he really launched his presidential run on was talking about Islamic radicalization,” she told CNN host Jake Tapper, “and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.”

Commentator David Urban responded by describing her comments as “unconscionable” and called on Tapper to rebuke that kind of statement.

“For you not to push back on that is irresponsible. For her to say that the president of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible,” he said after Ioffe defended her position.

“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 that he hems and haws when he has to condemn these people,'” Ioffe said.

She went on to claim that Trump had more supporters who espoused an “equally hateful ideology” as ISIS.

Watch her comments below:

Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest specifically called out Tapper for offering no pushback:

Tapper, in response, suggested that because he wasn’t conducting an interview, it was OK for him to turn to panelists instead of calling out her inaccuracy:

Ioffe later admitted that she “exaggerated” and apologized but said it was “not a coincidence” that the number of anti-Semitic incidents increased after Trump’s election:

The exchange happened on the same day that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the president’s decision to call the media divisive.

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