Jake Tapper was forced to check CNN political analyst Paul Begala on Tuesday after referring to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner as "cockroaches".
During a discussion on the new book, "Kushner, Inc.," Tapper and his discussion group discussed whether President Trump would ever kick his daughter and son-in-law on the sidewalk and questioned how the couple held their concert while the White House faces a frequent business trip
"Obviously they survived. I mean, cockroaches will survive a nuclear war," said Begala.
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The supporter of Trump's triumph, Dave Urban, shook his head in disgust after listening to the derogatory remark.
Tapper asked quickly, "Are you not calling the cockroaches Ivanka and Jared?"
The CNN commentator said, "No, no, I'm talking about a separate class of species."
CNN did not immediately respond when asked if Begala was disciplined or apologized.
"OK," Tapper replied before allowing Begala to keep slamming Kushner, calling the president a "criminal" in the process. The potentially anti-Semitic comment came amid the controversy surrounding Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Who was criticized for his comments on the Jewish people and on Israel.
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Last month, CNN was accused of using Omar's rhetoric as the I urge to attack Trump and other Republicans, prompting Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson to tell Fox News that it is time for CNN to recognize that it has an extreme left-wing and anti-Trump agenda
the comment on "cockroaches" reminds critics of the other hateful rhetoric used to strike the Jewish people.
"Considering the wide debate on anti-Semitism on the left and in America more generally, Begala's comments could be taken by some as anti-Semites since Kushner is Jewish and Ivanka converted to Judaism "wrote Media Research Center contributor Ryan Foley. "The comparison of Begala between the Jewish Kushners and the insects faithfully reflects the rhetoric of the leader of the Nation of Islam Louis Farrakhan, who denied being anti-Semitic, instead claiming it was" anti-termite ".
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CNN experts have recently expressed outrage when President Trump referred to members of the MS-1
Critics who take up Begala's comment took Twitter in disgust: