GQ reporter Julia Ioffe raised some eyebrows during an appearance with Jake Tapper on Monday, telling the CNN host in an interview that the President Trump has “radicalized” more people than has the Islamic State.
“I think this president — one of the things he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization, and this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” said Ioffe. “The ways he talks. The way that he winks and nods to these groups.”
The moment received no pushback from Jake Tapper, but sparked outrage form pro-Trump panelist David Urban.
“Jake, for you not to push back on that, that’s irresponsible,” he said. “For her to say the President of the United States has radicalized more people than ISIS is irresponsible. It’s not true.”
“ISIS has like 10,000 members,” Ioffe shot back. “I think the president has far more supporters who espouse an equally hateful ideology.”
Earlier Monday, Ioffe — an immigrant from the Soviet Union — earned looks from some online after saying she currently would feel safer as a journalist in Russia than in the United States.
“I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe,” she said.
I have to say, I feel less safe as a journalist in America these days than I ever did in Russia. A lot less safe.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018
In comments to her tweet and elsewhere, many reminded Ioffe that Russia under Vladimir Putin has presided over the death or disappearance of dozens of reporters over the years and largely destroyed independent media in the country.
A rep for Conde Nast — the parent company of GQ declined to comment.