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CNN’s Jake Tapper hits back at Rashida Tlaib’s accusation of anti-Arab bigotry: ‘I never said that’

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Screen captures … Jake Tapper, Rep. Rashida Tlaib … Credits: CNN, ABC

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CNN’s Jake Tapper stirred up the pro-Palestinian hornets nest with comments he made on Sunday morning during the network’s “State of the Union” program. “Squad” member Rashida Tlaib angrily took offense at his remarks and Tapper fired back at her with his own tweet on Monday.

The host apparently got under the skin of Tlaib and others as he talked about the tone used by leaders following the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

“You hear conservatives all the time, rightly so in my opinion, talk about the tone set by people in the Arab world, Palestinian leaders and the way they talk about Israelis… justifying,” said Tapper. “You can’t compare the ideology of Hamas with anything else. But at the same time, either tone matters or it doesn’t.”

Watch Tapper make his observation here …

Video by CNN

Needless to say, a leftist on Twitter by the name of Sana Saeed quickly was triggered and posted: “This is the height of unethical journalism @jaketapper – you invoke Palestinians & Arabs as a comparison to white nationalist violence in the US? This is blatant anti-Arab bigotry & Islamophobia. @CNN needs to take action.”

Tlaib retweeted Saeed’s post on Monday and added a twist of her own, writing, “Comparing Palestinian human rights advocates to terrorist white nationalists is fundamentally a lie. Palestinians want equality, human dignity & to stop the imprisonment of children. White supremacy is calling for the *domination* of one race w/ the use of violence.”

Tapper did not hesitate to launch a response back in Tlaib’s direction, saying: “You’re 100% right, Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib, it’s a lie. Because I never said that. What I said was those who believe Palestinian leaders bear responsibility for the incitement of terrorism cannot then let US leaders off the hook and act as if words don’t matter.”

Of course others in the pro-Palestinian camp have lined up to condemn Tapper …

Meanwhile, pro-Israeli commentators had their say, in defense of Tapper and critical of Tlaib …



Victor Rantala


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