Obama unleashes on GOP critics over 'radical Islam' term
After years of brushing off criticism for avoiding the term “radical Islam,” President Obama fired a point-blank broadside Tuesday at his critics, calling the debate a “political distraction” that will do nothing to combat terrorism.
Speaking from the White House during what was expected to be an update for the public on the fight against the Islamic State, Obama lit into his critics and specifically presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Their criticism has mounted in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, which Obama declined to publicly link to radical Islam.
“Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. … There’s no magic to the phrase of radical Islam,” Obama countered Tuesday. “It’s a political talking point.”
The president faced swift pushback from Republicans on Capitol Hill.
“With all due respect Mr. President, you’re wrong," Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said in a statement. "Telling the truth about violent Islam is a prerequisite to a strategy – a strategy you admitted you don’t have. It is the Commander-in-Chief’s duty to actually identify our enemies and to help the American people understand the challenge of violent Islam.”
Obama, though, went on to warn of a slippery slope in this debate, citing Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration – a proposal many in Trump’s party do not support, including House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“We don’t have religious tests here,” Obama said, without attacking Trump by name. But answering one of Trump’s most frequent accusations, the president said his reluctance to use the phrase “radical Islam” has “nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with actually defeating extremism.”
He said groups like ISIS “want to claim that they are the true leaders of over a billion Muslims … who reject their crazy notions,” and a move to single out Muslims in America “betrays the very values America stands for.”
Fuck you Obama, it's well past time to call a spade a spade here, especially in light of the massacre of 50 people by a Muslim whackjob last weekend and now THIS today.
You and every one of the jerkoff's trying to shove this Multiculturism bullshit down everyone's throats has been told REPEATEDLY that the Muslims are committed to waging Jihad in this country and when one of the sonsabitches goes off and kills a bunch of people just like they said they were going to do, you try and tell everyone how Islam is a religion of peace and you refuse to acknowledge the very plain evidence to the contrary staring you right in the face. Not only that, you try and avoid the subject completely and try to blame the damn guns again for what are clearly the actions of a religious fanatic.
I don't remember where I saw it earlier but someone had a damn good point when they asked when are you going to start calling them "Bitter Clingers"?
I have news for you and your kind and you aren't going to like it.
Peaceful or not, the Muslims in this country are going to start getting targeted by society at large and being treated like the rattlesnakes they are.
It's a very natural self defense reaction to a known deadly threat and neither you nor anyone else should be surprised by it when it starts.
You are the one responsible for this, now shut up and take your medicine.
The show is just about to start.