The last couple of days, Donald Trump has not only doubled down on his ban on Muslims (extending that ban on immigration to any country with terrorist ties), but the man who uses the word “bigly” has been attacking President Obama on semantics. For some reason, Donald Trump believes that, if only Obama would use the term “radical Islamist,” then terrorism would magically disappear.
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
I have been hitting Obama and Crooked Hillary hard on not using the term Radical Islamic Terror. Hillary just broke-said she would now use!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2016
Trump really thought that he’d somehow cornered Obama, that he’d pinned him against the wall on a non-issue. But Donald Trump forgot he was sitting at the little kid’s table, and when an adult finally got up and spoke, he made mincemeat of Mr. Trump.
“As president, I have called on our Muslim friends and allies at home and around the world to work with us to reject this twisted interpretation of one of the world’s great religions. There is not a moment where we have not been able to pursue a strategy because we didn’t use the label ‘radical Islam.’ Not once has an adviser said, ‘Man, if we use that phrase, we are going to turn this whole thing around,’ not once. So someone seriously thinks that we don’t know who we are fighting? If there is anyone out there who thinks we are confused about who our enemies are — that would come to a surprise of the thousands of terrorists we have taken out on our battlefield.”
People who have been working on fighting terrorist groups in the U.S. “know full well who the enemy is.
“So did the intelligence and law enforcement officers who spent countless hours disrupting plots and protecting all Americans. Including politicians who tweet and appear on cable news shows. They knew who the nature of the enemy is. So there is no magic to the phrase of radical Islam. It is a political talking point. It is not a strategy. 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.”
That’s our President, you guys! It’s not everyday we want to pull out the “Fuck Yeah, ‘Murica’ GIF, but when our actual President shuts down a bully pretender who wants to be President, it’s hard not to feel some pride in the red white and blue.
Obama also spoke about reinstating the assault weapons ban, because Obama has had enough of this shit.
“There are common-sense steps that could reduce gun violence and the lethality of somebody intending to do somebody harm. We should give ATF the resources they need to enforce the gun laws that we already have. People with possible ties to terrorism, who are not allowed on a plane should not be allowed to buy a gun. Enough talking about being tough on terrorism. Actually, be tough on terrorism and stop making it easy as possible for terrorists to buy assault weapons,” Obama said.
“Reinstate the assault weapons ban, make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us,” he said. “Otherwise, despite extraordinary efforts across our government, by local law enforcement and by our military and all the sacrifices that folks make, these kinds of events are going to keep happening. The weapons are only going to get more powerful.”
I wasn’t that excited about the next five months, but that was before President Obama decided to get involved in the Presidential campaign and use that bully pulpit to silence a bully. Fuck off, Trump.