White House counselor Kellyanne Conway ripped into The Washington Post on Monday for the newspaper’s headline calling ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi an “austere religious scholar.”
The Post changed its Sunday headline after facing criticism for referring to the leader of a terrorist organization as a “religious scholar.” The original headline read “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
The Post changed the headline to “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48.”
Conway said on Fox News Channel’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that the Post would have been harsher toward al-Baghdadi if he had worked at the White House, and suggested that the Post may hold a grudge against the Trump administration.
“Look, I just want to say this last thing on behalf of the president … This obituary was a disgrace,” Conway said, as she held up a picture of the headline to the camera.
“I would ask The Washington Post: Close your eyes and pretend that al-Baghdadi worked in the Trump White House, and then go rewrite your obituary,” Conway said. “I bet you wouldn’t be as kind.”
Al-Baghdadi led the terrorist group responsible for execution propaganda videos, including one that showed the 2014 beheading of American journalist James Foley.
The ISIS leader also reportedly repeatedly raped and tortured Arizona aid worker Kayla Mueller after she was taken hostage in 2013. Mueller is believed to have died in 2015.
A U.S. military raid Saturday evening in northern Syria resulted in al-Baghdadi’s death, President Donald Trump announced Sunday morning. Trump said the ISIS leader died after detonating a suicide vest inside his compound, killing himself and three of his children.
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