CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘Allahu Akbar’ sometimes said under ‘the most beautiful of circumstances’

CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘Allahu Akbar’ sometimes said under ‘the most beautiful of circumstances’
Bike path strewn with mangled bicycles following terrorist attack (Image: YouTube screen grab via CBS New York)

While discussing the latest act of Islamofascist savagery committed by one Sayfullo Saipov, an Uzbek national who screamed “Allahu akbar,” while mowing down bicyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan in a rented truck, CNN’s Jake Tapper offered a reflection to viewers.

It was nothing monumental, mind you: just an instant in which a creature endowed with higher powers of reasoning pauses to observe a larger “truth.”

Tapper was confabbing with fellow CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper when he shared the “deep thought” noted that “Allahu akbar, God is great” is “sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances.”

Here is the exchange that led up to Tapper’s observation, courtesy of Grabien. The video follows:

Shimon Prokupecz: …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.

Jake 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. [Emphasis added]

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.

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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