In a CNN panel discussion on President Trump's rhetoric, GQ columnist Julia Ioffe said Monday that President Trump "has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did."

Ioffe accused the president of giving "winks and nods" to racist and anti-Semitic groups and launching his presidential campaign with rhetoric about "Islamic radicalization."

CNN contributor David Urban immediately pushed back, calling the statement "irresponsible" and factually untrue. Ioffe argued the president has far more supporters than ISIS and they espouse "an equally hateful ideology."


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Ioffe apologized for the comment later on the show and again on Twitter, but noted the rise in anti-Semitic attacks after Saturday's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. 

The comment followed an overall theme in the mainstream media of pundits accusing Trump of stoking violence and the president firing back on Twitter. Last week, a Trump supporter in Florida was arrested for sending explosive devices to prominent Democrats and to CNN. 

Trump tweeted Monday:

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” Trump tweeted Monday. “The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

Responding on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce said it's unfair and "desperate" for liberals to blame the president for the events of the past week. 

"It's desperate. These are desperate things said by desperate people," she said. 

"The Democrats have no ability to persuade on the details of the issues. They know they can't convince us about what it is they represent because we rejected that in 2016. What they are trying to do is frighten people and effectively, also, affect the GOP enthusiasm [in the midterms]," said Bruce.

Watch the "Fox & Friends" interview above.


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