After the most deadly terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Donald Trump has had enough with President Barack Obama’s equivocating on extremism. In a Twitter post published after the attack in Orlando early Sunday morning, Trump said that if Obama is not willing to call the attack “radical Islamic terrorism,” then he needs to resign.
According to CNN, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando at 2 a.m. Sunday heavily armed, wanting to kill as many people as possible. Three hours later, when the standoff ended, 50 innocent lives had been taken.
Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group. In addition, a statement posted on a web site affiliated with the Islamic State group said that “the armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida and that bore more than a 100 killed and wounded was carried out by an Islamic State fighter.”
So, what did Obama say after the shooting? Well, first, take a look at what he said just after the attack.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 12, 2016
Then, when addressing the nation, President Obama went as far as to say that, “We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate.”
You may notice one or several words missing from that: namely, “Islam” or “Islamic State.” And Donald Trump isn’t having it.
Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism?” Trump wrote. “If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”
Sadly, this isn’t the first attack where the president has absolutely refused to mention Islam in conjunction with the terror that the radical form of it causes. After the Paris and Brussels attacks, he refused to say it either.
Unfortunately, it’s hardly going to be the last attack where the president has refused to mention Islam, either. That’s because he simply doesn’t realize what the problem is.
To him, this is just a hate crime — the same as two mentally ill Klansmen finding a black man and beating him with a baseball bat. While that’s completely vile, it isn’t part of an insidious multinational conspiracy to replace freedom of religion and lifestyle with an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-punishing caliphate.
Donald Trump is right. If President Obama cannot admit this, he cannot possibly fight it. It’s time for a president who can. Please like and share on Facebook and Twitter if you agree.