CNN’s Jake Tapper in wake of NY terror attack: ‘Allahu Akbar’ said under ‘the most beautiful of circumstances’

While discussing reports that Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national who screamed, “Allahu Akbar” during an attack in which at least six people were killed in Lower Manhattan, CNN’s Jake Tapper made a statement that has many scratching their heads.

Tapper said that “Allahu Akbar, God is great” was sometimes said “under the most beautiful of circumstances,” but is too often in terror attacks.

Tapper made the statement after Shimon Prokupecz reported that the attack is being investigated as terrorism.

According to a transcript posted at Grabien (Emphasis added):

PROKUPECZ: “That’s right, Jake. So what we’re told, I’m told by three sources now that the NYPD and the FBI are investigating this as a terrorism incident. Our understanding is that, according to witnesses who police have now talked to, they’re saying — they’re telling police that they heard the driver saying, yelling ‘allahu akbar, allahu akbar,’ during this incident. Which is now leading authorities to believe that this is as a result, that this is now a terrorism case. And I’m just getting an update now that the FBI is taking over this case because it appears now that this is terrorism.”

TAPPER: “The Arabic chant Allahu Akbar, God is great. Sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances and too often we hear it being said in moments like this. General Clapper, when you were Director of National Intelligence, you had afternoons like the one that the director of national intelligence Dan Coats is having right now. What goes through your mind? And what are the actions that you’re ordering the intelligence agencies to take?”

Here’s video posted to Twitter:

Calling Tapper’s statement “really disgusting,” Pamela Geller observed:

…CNN once again showed where its priorities were. As news broke that the driver was shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked these people, Jake Tapper wanted to remind his audience that “the Arabic chant ‘Allahu Akbar,’ God is great… sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances, and too often we hear it being said in moments like this.” Sure, he did finish the sentence by talking about how we have heard this chant in moments of horror, but why even say the first part? Liberals like him always think they have to remind people that there are Muslims who are good — that “Allahu Akbar” can be beautiful. This piece of commentary was unnecessary and insulting during such a time of crisis.


Reaction on Twitter was pretty much what one would expect:



Instead of apologizing, Tapper defended his statement and attacked critics as liars.

One person asked Tapper:

Others added:


Good idea.

Incidents like this, by the way, are part of the reason a study reported on by the Washington Free Beacon in January said that CNN is now seen as the least-trusted name in cable news.


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