CNN says its has “parted ways” with Reza Aslan, the host of its documentary ‘Believer’ series after Aslan used an expletive to call President Trump a piece of excrement. Aslan later apologized and deleted the tweet.
“I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London, ” said Aslan. “I apologize for my choice of words.”
Aslan posted his tweet after Trump exploited the London terror attack to push his Muslim travel ban.
After the cancellation of Believer, Aslan wrote in a statement that he is grateful to CNN for the chance to air his show and expressed his disappointment at the network’s decision.
“However, in these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated, and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet,” said Aslan. “Similarly, I need to honor my voice. I am not a journalist. I am a social commentator and a scholar. And so I agree with CNN that it is best that we part ways. … I wish CNN all the best.”
Critics of CNN’s move, however, are asking why Aslan was let go but Trump surrogates Jeffrey Lord and Cory Lewandowski, who they claim repeatedly have made misleading and offensive statements in support of the president, remain on the airwaves.