WATCH: CNN Guest Apologizes After Claiming Trump Has ‘Radicalized So Many More People Than ISIS’


A CNN panel went off-the-rails Monday after one of the contributors argued that President Donald Trump has radicalized more people than ISIS.

In a debate over the president’s on The Lead, GQ correspondent Julia Ioffe made the claim — sparking some heated debate.

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

“That’s just unconscionable for you to say that,” said conservative panelist David Urban.

Ioffe initially stood by her point.

“The way he winks and nods to these groups,” Ioffe said. “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, says, ‘Fine, okay, I condemn this.'”

Later in the show, Ioffe apologized for her comment.

“I think this has been an emotional and personal painful time for me,” she said. “I think I exaggerated and I apologize for that.”

Ioffe added this on Twitter:

Watch above, via CNN.

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