Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which purports to speak for American Muslims, spent part of Christmas Day tweeting that he had hoped more people had died in the previous night's Russian plane crash into the Black Sea.
He then backpedaled on his offensive comments.
Ayloush, whose Twitter bio lists him as a "Human rights and civil rights activist. Community organizer. CAIR-LA Exec Director. Son. Husband Father of 5," tweeted Sunday morning, "I'm sad about the crashed Russian military jet. The TU-154 could have carried up to 180 military personnel instead of just 92!"