‘Radical Islam’: President Obama asks 'What, exactly, would using this label accomplish?'


A clearly miffed President Obama took to the podium to blast Republican critics who have made political hay out of his administration’s resistance to the term “radical Islam,” an attack that was reinforced by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting. After remarks on the progress in the fight against Daesh and a call for more gun safety measures, the President lit into his semantic critics with gusto, asking “What, exactly, would using this label accomplish?”

In blasting his critics, Obama used the phrase “radical Islam” repeatedly, and pointed out that “since before I was president, I’ve been clear about how extremist groups have perverted Islam to justify terrorism,” and that “As president, I have repeatedly called on 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.”

Published on Jun 14, 2016.


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