A CNN panel erupted on Monday after a so-called “journalist” claimed President Donald Trump has “radicalized more people than ISIS.”
GQ Magazine correspondent Julia Loffe left viewers with their jaws on the floor when she argued the president is more dangerous than the murderous terrorist group, which has killed thousands of people around the world.
“One of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” she said on the air.
Only one guest spoke up to push back against the ridiculous claim.
“That’s just – it’s unconscionable for you to say that,” CNN commentator David Urban said.
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Still, Loffe doubled down on her logic.
“The way he talks; the way that he allows these people— the way he winks and nods to these groups,” she added. “The way he says, ‘I know I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m a nationalist.’”
Urban then confronted CNN anchor Jake Tapper directly for not pushing back on Loffe’s “irresponsible” claim.
“Jake, for you not to push back on that is irresponsible,” he said. “For her to say that the president of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible.”
He added, “It’s not true, it’s factually not true.”
Following intense and swift backlash, Loffe eventually apologized for using “hyperbole.” However, she certainly appeared to believe what she was saying on the air.
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Loffe argued she exaggerated in the “heat of the moment.” She then continued to claim Trump is responsible for anti-Semitic attacks.
“The point I was trying, ham-fistedly, to make is that it’s not a coincidence that, according to the ADL, the number of anti-Semitic attacks has jumped by nearly 60 percent in the first year that Donald Trump was in office,” she added.