Tapper rips Farrakhan after anti-Semitic speech

Tapper rips Farrakhan after anti-Semitic speech

CNN's Jake Tapper blasted the Rev. Louis Farrakhan on Wednesday after the Nation of Islam leader made a series of anti-Semitic remarks in a speech. 

In that speech, delivered on Sunday, Farrakhan declares "powerful Jews" as his "enemy" and claims that "the Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men.”

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Tapper took to Twitter to condemn the religious leader. Unlike anti-Semites of the so-called alt-right, Tapper said, Farrakhan has a larger following and the ability to meet openly with lawmakers.

Tapper offered a play-by-play of Farrakhan's remarks.

Farrakhan has long been a controversial figure, and has long been accused of espousing anti-Semitic and anti-white views. His remarks came on Sunday at the Nation of Islam's annual "Saviours’ Day" convention. 

Tapper got some pushback for his criticism of Farrakhan.

Oliver Willis, a writer for the progressive website ShareBlue Media, noted that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE had "said nazis are good people," and that Tapper's "regularly scheduled right-wing virtue signaling is noted."

That tweet elicited a response from Tapper.

Richard Allen Smith, a contributor for Esquire, took to Twitter to note that Stephen Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, used to work in Trump's White House. Bannon has been accused by critics of harboring anti-Semitic views. 

"So yeah, this is an issue for the white supremacist alt-right, and a bigger one than Farrakhan," Smith wrote.