Washington Post columnist Boot changes al-Baghdadi column after criticism

Washington Post columnist Max Boot made a change to his column on Monday after coming under criticism for stating that the late ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was not a coward because “he blew himself up” over being captured by U.S. forces.

“An earlier version of this column included a sentence questioning whether Trump was right to call Baghdadi a coward because he blew himself up,” Boot wrote late Monday in explaining the change. “The line was removed because it unintentionally conveyed the impression that I considered Baghdadi courageous.”


Boot also deleted a tweet in which he essentially made the same argument while also challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE's unverified claim that al-Baghdadi was “whimpering and crying.” 

Boot had come under criticism for his initial wording. Al-Baghdadi killed himself and three of his children when he triggered the explosion.

“The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was, in any case, contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up,” he wrote.







Boot has been a staunch critic of Trump since the former real estate mogul announced his candidacy in June 2015.