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WATCH: CNN’s Jake Tapper shames Trump for ‘offensive’ linking of Obama to Islamic terrorists

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CNN host Jake Tapper took time out from his show Monday afternoon to lecture presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump over his ‘”offensive” comments suggesting that President Barack Obama is a Islamic terrorist sympathizer.

According to Media Matters, Tapper made his comments after Trump revoked the press credentials for Washington Post reporters because he feels their coverage of his campaign is “inaccurate.”

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Earlier in the day, Trump announced on Facebook, “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.”

Addressing Trump’s comments about Obama, Tapper pointed out that even the reliably pro-NY Post questioned his comments.

“Now, the interpretation from the reliably pro-Trump New York Post was the following, quote ‘Trump: Maybe Obama Sympathizes With The Terrorists.’ That can’t be, though, right?” Tapper said. “I mean, he just revoked the press credentials of the Washington Post for making that exact same interpretation. So he could not possibly be saying that the president of the United States who sent thousands of US troops — not to mention drones all over the world to kill radical Islamic terrorists — that he secretly sympathizes with these twisted, homicidal Islamic psychopaths.”

After noting that he has yet to hear back from the Trump campaign on the comments, Tapper lit into Trump for casting aspersions on the Obama as the country reels from the massacre that killed 49 people in an Orlando nightclub.

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“Now look, on a day like today it’s tough to get too worked up about anything other than that which is immediately relevant to the heinous terrorist attack from Sunday morning,” Tapper lectured. “But if Mr. Trump was not suggesting what so many folks, including his fans thought he was, he should probably clarify it.  Because an accusation by a major party presidential nominee, that an American president sympathizes with these religious fanatics who bring nothing but hatred and death throughout the world and killed in cold blood 49 innocent people just a few hours ago in Orlando, well, that accusation would be ridiculous and, frankly, truly offensive.”

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