That is an interesting concept. So if we voice our opposition to radical Islamists, that makes us more of a target? Hmmm… is Obama basically saying play nice with Muslims so we won’t be killed?
President Barack Obama ripped into Donald Trump today over the Republican’s insistence that he use the phrase ‘radical Islam’ to describe terrorists like the one who perpetrated the massacre in Orlando.
Obama said Trump’s ‘yapping’ was nothing more than a ‘political distraction’ and defining an entire religion by the behavior of terrorists who are perverting it would only fuel hate and make America less safe.
‘There’s no magic to the phrase radical Islam. It’s a political talking point. It’s not a strategy,’ Obama said in statement this afternoon from the Treasury Department. ‘And the reason I am careful about how I describe this threat has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with actually defeating extremism.’
Trump told the Associated Press after the speech, ‘President Obama claims to know our enemy, and yet he continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies, and for that matter, the American people. When I am President, it will always be America First.’
A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign told DailyMail.com that Republican was referring to Israel in his statement.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, hit back at Trum, calling the allegation ‘disgusting and outrageous.’
‘Trump’s comments aren’t just factually wrong and unproductive, they’re deeply divisive at a time when we should be united in common cause against terrorism, and they’re outright dangerous to our national security. He should immediately apologize,’ said the Florida congresswoman, who is Jewish,
The afternoon the president delivered a scathing rebuke of Trump a day after Hillary Clinton, who was busy going after the presumptive Republican nominee in her own remarks when Obama spoke, said she’d be happy to say ‘radical Islamism’ but it wouldn’t ‘solve the problem.’
In his remarks, Obama also pushed for an assault weapons ban and declared, ‘Enough talking about being tough on terrorism. Actually be tough on terrorism.’
Tearing into Trump and other Republicans who have made his refusal to use the phrase radical Islamic terrorism a main component of their argument against his strategy to defeat ISIS, Obama asked, ‘What exactly would using this label accomplish?
‘What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to try to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this?
He said, ‘The answer is none of the above.’
‘Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction,’ Obama said.
His tone turning from one of bewilderment to mockery, Obama said, ‘Not once has an adviser of mine said, “Man, if we use that phrase, we are going to turn this around.” Not once.’
‘So someone seriously thinks that we don’t know who we’re fighting? If there’s anyone out there who thinks we’re confused about who are enemies are, that would come as a surprise to the thousands of terrorists who we’ve taken off the battlefield.’
Continuing, he said, ‘If the implication is that those of us up there, and the thousands of people around the country and around the world who are working to defeat ISIL, aren’t taking the fight seriously,’ that would also come as a surprise.
That would come as a surprise, he said, to members of the military who have spent the last seven and a half years dismantling terrorist groups and the law enforcement and intelligence officers who have spent countless hours disrupting plots.
‘They know full well who the enemy is.’
The president said that until now, he and Republicans had been arguing about labels and ‘partisan rhetoric.’
‘And that kind of yapping has not prevented folks across government from doing their jobs.
‘But we are now seeing how dangerous this kind of mind set and this kind of thinking can be,’ he said. ‘We are starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we are fighting, where this can lead us.’
Case in point: ‘The presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States’ wants to ban Muslims from immigrating into America, Obama said.
‘And you hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests entire religious communities are complacent in violence.’
Obama wondered allowed, ‘Where does it stop?….Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It does not reflect our democratic ideals.
‘It won’t make us more safe, it will make us less safe, fueling ISIL’s notion that the West hates Muslims, making Muslims in this country and around the world feel like, no matter what they do, they’re going to be under suspicion and under attack.’
The Democratic president has addressed the topic several times before.
In light of Trump’s recent comments – on Sunday he should Obama should say radical Islamic terrorism or resign – the term-limited executive who leaves office in January revisited his reasons for avoiding the phrase today.
Groups like ISIS and al Qaeda want to expand the fight into a war between Islam and the West, he said. ‘They want to claim they are true leaders of over a billion Muslims who reject crazy notions.’
‘And if we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush and imply that we are at war with an entire religion, then we are doing the terrorists’ work for them,’ he said.
While his remarks were seemingly pointed at Trump, who he referred to directly as the presumptive Republican nominee once and indirectly as he derided ‘politicians who tweet and appear on cable news shows,’ the White House said afterward that Obama was talking to all Republicans who are angry he’s not using the phrase.
‘This is not, unfortunately, about just one politician in the Republican Party who is reacting out of fear,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. ‘He’s not the only one, and that is the problem.’
A flurry of Republicans in Congress invoked the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ in statements after the terrorist attack Sunday in Orlando.