Brooklyn College professor Moustafa Bayoumi is downplaying the ISIS connection to the New York City terrorist attack, maintaining that the Uzbek perpetrator, Sayfullo Saipov, who reportedly had countless ISIS propaganda videos on his cell phones and requested that an ISIS flag be displayed in his hospital room, could simply be a "mentally unstable individual." Bayoumi also conflates "terrorist attacks by white Americans" with Islamist terrorism by ignoring the latter's ideological basis.