CNN Panel Erupts After Reporter Says Trump Has Radicalized More People Than ISIS


Julia Ioffe, a correspondent with GQ magazine, claimed on CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump has “radicalized more people than ISIS.”

Ioffe made the charge during a panel discussion on the president’s rhetoric in light of the attack on a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday that left 11 dead, and the pipe bombs sent to over a dozen prominent Democrats last week.

“This president, one of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization,” Ioffe stated. “And this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.”

David Urban, a former Trump campaign adviser, interjected turning to CNN host Jake Tapper and saying the newsman needed to push back on Ioffe’s claim.

Tapper responded calling on Urban to do so himself.

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“For her to say that the president of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible,” Urban said.

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He looked to Ioffe and asked her on what facts she could possibly be basing her assertion.

“ISIS had like 10,000 members,” she replied. “I think the president has far more supporters, who espouse an equally hateful ideology that dehumanizes other people.”

Steve Guest, deputy rapid response director with the GOP media team, tweeted a clip of the video, captioning it: “This might be one of the most ridiculous things ever said on @CNN.”

“Sheer lunacy,” Guest added. “And oh by the way, no push-back from @jaketapper.”

Tapper defended how he handled the discussion saying he went right to Urban and panelist Mona Charen to rebut Ioffe’s claim.

Later in the program, Ioffe apologized saying she had “exaggerated” and that it was an “emotional” time for her as a Jewish American.

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“I do want to clarify. I spoke in the heat of the moment,” the reporter said. “This has been an emotional and very painful time for me. I think I exaggerated, and I apologize for that.”

“The point I was trying hamfistedly to make,” Ioffe continued, “it’s not a coincidence that according to the (Anti-Defamation League), the number of anti-Semitic attacks has jumped by nearly 60 percent in the first year Donald Trump was in office.”

Shortly after the shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, the reporter tweeted, “And a word to my fellow American Jews: This president makes this possible. Here. Where you live. I hope the embassy move over there, where you don’t live was worth it.”

Trump enjoys solid support among the conservative Jewish community in America.

Daily Wire editor Ben Shapiro, who is Jewish, wrote in a piece published on Monday, “President Trump’s pro-Israel policy is the strongest in the history of the country. Not only did Trump move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, he has cut off aid to the anti-Semitic, terror-supporting Palestinian Authority, and fought the Obama administration’s Iran deal tooth and nail.”

He added, “Trump’s warmth toward the Jewish community in the United States has been obvious.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday called anti-Semitism, “a plague to humanity” and said Trump “adores Jewish Americans as part of his own family.”

She pointed out, with emotion, that the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the descendent of Holocaust survivors, and that he and his wife Ivanka Trump are raising their children in the Jewish faith.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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