Tapper Slams Women's March Celebrating Cop Killer

Thousands Attend Women's March On Washington
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July 18, 2017

Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN, slammed the Women's March on Tuesday over a tweet from the group's official Twitter account celebrating the birthday of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur.

The celebratory tweet was an "ugly sentiment," Tapper wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. He called Shakur "a cop-killer fugitive in Cuba."

The original tweet from the Women's March account celebrated Shakur as a "revolutionary," and included an image with the words "a woman's place is in the struggle," a quote from Shakur.

Tapper questioned in his tweet whether any progressives were condemning the increasingly radical behavior of the Women's March.

"This, ugly sentiments from @lsarsour & @dykemarchchi ...Any progressives out there condemning this?" he wrote.

His reference to Linda Sarsour, a Women's March D.C. co-chair, likely concerned a recent controversy over her calling resistance to Donald Trump a form of "jihad." His mention of the Chicago Dyke March likely referred to that group's banning of Jewish pride flags.

Shakur, a felon, was convicted in 1977 for the murder of a New Jersey police officer, assault of another police officer, and bank robbery. In 1979 she escaped prison and fled to Cuba. She remains on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorist" list to this day.