CNN host Reza Aslan, a Muslim, called President Trump "a piece of s---" and "an embarrassment to humankind" on Saturday night. His comments followed the deadly jihadi terrorist attack in London and when Trump renewed his call for federal courts to approve his executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority countries. On Saturday, Aslan wrote on Twitter, “This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind.”
Translation: the president is a man baby that must be ignored in times of crisis. https://t.co/Kv1hIC7hEG— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 3, 2017
Aslan (45) was born in Iran. He hosts CNN's "Believer," a program which airs on Sunday nights. He is the author of the much-criticized book titled “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” He tweeted that the president is a "man baby" in response to a decision by NBC News to not report on Trump's retweet of a Drudge Report tweet because it contained "unconfirmed information" at the time. The network instead referred to the situation as a "security incident" instead. Not long afterward, British authorities confirmed that the incident was indeed terrorism.
Trump tweeted on Saturday after the attack, "We need to be smart, vigilant and tough." Aslan was prompted to comment when Trump also tweeted the following: "We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!"
Alsan, however, apologized later on Sunday. He tweeted that he "should have used better language" to express his opinion.
The Iranian Aslan is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year, he ate a human brain during an episode of his program broadcast in March. "Want to know what a dead guy's brain tastes like?" asked Aslan in promoting the episode. "Charcoal. It was burnt to a crisp!"
On Sunday, CNN released a statement saying that the network was "pleased he has apologized" for his comments on Trump. “Reza Aslan is not a CNN employee, but does host a series on the network. We are pleased that he has apologized for his tweets. That kind of discourse is never appropriate,” the network said in a statement.