Clinton: I’m Happy To Say ‘Radical Islamism’
President Barack Obama has gone out of his way to not say the words “radical Islam,” at this point almost to goad his GOP rivals who are so bent-out-of-shape about it. Hillary Clinton, however, does not have that problem.
"This was a terrorist attack."
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 13, 2016
“I am not going to demonize and demagogue and declare war on an entire religion. That’s just plain dangerous, and it plays into ISIS’s hand,” the former Secretary of State said on Today.
On one hand, this could be viewed as Clinton bowing to political pressure. On the other, it stops the semantic argument about what to call the terror threat.
From the Hill:
Clinton said the U.S. is facing terrorist enemies “that use Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people.”“We have to stop them, and we will. We have to defeat radical Jihadist terrorism, and we will,” she said.“To me, radical jihadism, radical Islamism, I think they mean the same thing. I’m happy to say either, but that’s not the point. All this talk and demagoguery and rhetoric is not going to solve the problem.”Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, on Sunday said President Obama should resign from office and suggested Clinton should drop her White House bid over the issue.“If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency,” Trump said in a statement on Sunday.The nightclub attack Sunday morning left 49 people dead and many more wounded. ISIS took credit for the shooting, which Obama called an “act of terror.”