Young Turks commentator Hasan Piker has admitted that his remarks about America deserving 9/11 were "inappropriate."
He qualified his controversial remarks with commentary on Twitter, writing that "americas foreign policy decisions has lead to 911. this would've been a controversial thing to say in 2001. stop being a f***ing idiot."
You can read more background on the remarks here.
What are the details?
Piker appeared alongside The Young Turks founder and host Cenk Uygur on Thursday and somewhat explained his remarks.
"I should've used more precise and better use of the language there," he admitted. "It's messed up that I would even give the opportunity to the right to try to morally grandstand on an issue like this, when they are 100 percent responsible for all the bloodshed that's been caused."
Explaining that his remarks were satirical, he added, "I know that I was inappropriate."
He later tried to spin the remarks, and said, "I didn't say Americans deserved 9/11 — I said America deserves 9/11."
Uygur — Piker's uncle — also condemned the commentator's remarks on Thursday, calling them "incredibly crass" and "still wrong" no matter how he tried to spin it.
"Maybe you can chalk it up to English being my second language or whatever you want to chalk it up to," Piker sniped.
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Piker attacked Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who lost an eye during combat, during the same livestream. Crenshaw also served three tours in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL, losing his eye in an IED explosion during his time overseas.
During the Twitch livestream, Piker made a profane joke about how Crenshaw lost his eye.
"This guy has the understanding of foreign policy of, like, a 12-year-old. What the f***? What the f*** is wrong with this dude?" Piker said of Crenshaw during the off-color rant. "Didn't he go to war and like literally lose his eye because some mujahideen — a brave f***ing soldier — f***ed his eye hole with their d***? Isn't that how he f***ing lost his dumbass eye, because he got his f***ing eye hole f***ed, by a brave soldier?"
On Twitter, Crenshaw fired back, "[Hasan Piker] seems to confuse 'Improvised Explosive Device' with some weird terrorist fantasy. Lol sorry for triggering you Hasan."