Journalist Apologizes For Saying Trump Has Radicalized More People Than ISIS

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Journalist Julia Ioffe, a correspondent with GQ magazine, apologized on Monday for saying that President Trump had radicalized more people than the Islamic State.

Appearing on a panel on CNN, Ioffe said, “This president, 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.”

“It’s unconscionable for you to say that,” said fellow panelist David Urban, a former Trump campaign adviser.

“The way he talks, the way that he allows — 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 and kind of gritting his teeth kind of says, ‘Fine, okay, I condemn this,'” Ioffe said.

Later in the same hour, Ioffe apologized on air for the comment.

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

Ioffe also sent out an apology on Twitter:

 

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  1. Trump has certainly radicalized more people who are a threat to ordinary Americans than ISIS has.

  2. Avatar for tsp tsp says:

    See? Taking responsibility for one’s own words is really not that hard. Republicans should try this sometime.

  3. No need to apologize.
    How many voted for Trump?
    How many members of ISIS?

  4. No need to apologize for the truth.

  5. You didn’t need to apologize, and I think the media should be careful about bending to donnie’s
    whims. He absolutely has allowed the radicalized a way to exercise their radical ways.

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