CNN host Reza Aslan apologized Sunday night for calling President Trump “a piece of [expletive]” in a tweet.
The offending tweet came after Trump sent out a Twitter message Saturday night in response to that evening’s deadly London attack, using the incident to tout his travel ban, among other things.
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017
We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
The president’s posts led Aslan, who was born in Iran, to fire back a tweet of his own. Aslan’s post has since been deleted from Twitter, but screenshots show that it read: “This piece of [expletive] is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”
In a statement Sunday evening, Aslan said that after Trump tweeted about the travel ban, “I lost my cool and responded to him in a derogatory fashion.”
“That’s not like me,” Aslan continued. “I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words.”