Update: late on Sunday afternoon, Aslan apologized, tweeting "I should not have used a profanity to describe the President when responding to his shocking reaction to the #LondonAttacks."
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Shortly after Saturday's latest Islamic terrorist attack in London, when Trump was once again bashed for assuming that it was, well, a terrorist attack - which in retrospect turned out to be accurate - a CNN host slammed Trump for his kneejerk reaction to the attack and his renewed call for a travel ban. As noted last night, Trump took to Twitter Saturday evening, saying, “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!”
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
Trump's tweet prompted numerous angry responses including one from the ACLU which said that "glad we both agree the ban is a ban," but by far the most triggered was CNN’s Reza Aslan, a vocal Trump critic and host of Believer, who as the American Mirror pointed out first, lashed out with his own tweet half an hour later:
“This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to American and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”
This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind. https://t.co/Dl5tMQMhMO— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 3, 2017
This in turn prompted the now traditional twitter back and forth in which conservative media pundit Mark Dice responded: "CNN host more upset about trump denouncing the attack than the attack itself."
CNN host more upset about trump denouncing the attack than the attack itself.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) June 4, 2017
It quickly devolved from there into a partisan name-calling back and forth.
This was not the first time a CNN host has used profanity to criticize the president. Fareed Zakaria repeatedly used the term "bulls***" to describe Trump during an appearance on CNN Tonight back in March. The network also cut ties with comedian Kathy Griffin last week after she shared a graphic image of herself holding a severed, bloody head meant to resemble President Trump.
NBC News was also unimpressed with the president’s Twitter feed Saturday night. In addition to his comments about his immigration order, Trump also re-tweeted a link from The Drudge Report that suggested the incident was a terrorist attack long before police made that determination.
In an unprecedented move, NBC News' twitter feed followed up with its own dismissive comment:
Pres. Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident.— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 3, 2017
We aren't relaying president's retweet, as the info is unconfirmed.
Aslan used the statement by NBC News to criticize Trump even further, calling him a “man baby” and urging his followers to ignore the president.
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
It was not clear if NBC did relay the president's tweet later when "the info" was confirmed.
"Trump is in a position to be the most-informed person in the world," Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold said on CNN Saturday night, yet he keeps relying on "third-hand info." In this case Trump was right.