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Obama Blasts Trump for Focus on Muslims

President Obama today delivered and emotional rebuttal to Donald Trump, castigating the presumptive Republican nominee for his proposals to ban Muslim immigration and for his call on Muslims to do more to expose terrorists within their communities.

Obama spoke at the Treasury Department following a meeting with his national security team:

We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America. We hear language that singles out immigrants and suggests that entire religious communities are complicit in violence. Where does this stop? The Orlando killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, the Fort Hood killer — they were all U.S. citizens.

Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating against them because of their faith? We’ve heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t 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 young 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. It makes Muslim Americans feel like their government is betraying them. It betrays the very values America stands for.

Obama also dismissed criticism that he doesn’t call the terrorists committing attack again the United States and others in the West by their proper name, radical Islamists:

Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.

There has not been a moment in my seven and a half years as President where we have not been able to pursue a strategy because we didn’t use the label “radical Islam.” Not once has an advisor of mine said, man, if we really use that phrase, we’re going to turn this whole thing around. Not once.

Groups like ISIL and al Qaeda want to make this war a war between Islam and America, or between Islam and the West. . . . 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’re doing the terrorists’ work for them.

And of course, after detailing the steps being taken to slowly defeat ISIS, Obama suggested that gun control could help stem further attacks.

Here’s the video. Obama’s remarks on gun control and his reaction to his critics, including Trump, begin at about the 10:40 mark.

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60 Responses to Obama Blasts Trump for Focus on Muslims

  1. 1. There would be no ISIS threat had Obama done his job and not bugged out of Iran, given ISIS a safe haven in Syria and then did nothing as they convoyed in open desert into northern Iraq.
    2. Someone PLEASE tell this idiot that al Qaeda has been at war with us since at least ’93 (first world trade center bombing) and ISIS (ie ISLAM) has been at war with the west since the 7th century! The Crusades would have never happened w/o Muslim invasion first. Then there’s the Armenian genocide, siding with the Nazis in WWII, ’72 Olympics, and the numerous hijackings and bombings since.
    One has to be completely void of brain function to still support this traitor to the American people.

    • Even at this late date, I am often amazed, flabbergasted, gobsmacked that this destructive, bizarre knucklehead ever became President of the United States. Elected and re-elected.

      • Its the re-elected that shocked me! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice,shame on America. Honest to God, I walked around for months in a semi-depression after the idiot was re-elected.

        • Same here. With all the suspicions about rigged voting machines, crooked registration tactics etc. I thought there might be serious inquiry into just what really happened with all that after the election. But, apparently, there wasn’t.

          • Please. I hope and pray that they don’t rig the machines again and the votes for that horrible Hillary Clinton a/k/a Obama the fool. They rigged Hillary Clinton to win the nomination with all those FREE VOTES that she didn’t earn. If she gets away with rigging the election, there really should be an uprising, thats enough, the country can’t take another Obama/Clinton presidency anymore.

    • I am a “failed” college History Major… and I seem to know more about ‘World History & Islam’ than anyone in this Obama regime, the current US Government or most talking heads I see on cable news

  2. I don’t have to watch the video, we’ve seen this episode before… a rerun I care to not watch.

    It sounds like Trump and some of the media have finally managed to pierce the skin of the President, and he does not like it.

    Better yet, you can bet that the majority of Americans do not agree with the imperial leader, and that may finally shake him up.

    In the end, he will spout on, critique sensible talk, profess a determined will to hold back ISIS, and nothing will be done. Killing hundreds of ISIS warriors overseas accomplishes nothing if we do not completely shut them down.

    Hitler was defeated on his doorstep, face to face.

    ISIS deserves no less.

    H

    • I guarantee Obama and Hillary have poll data on the radical islam phrasing being positive for Trump or they’d be saying nothing about it. Of course as usual, they don’t debate the merit, just mock and attack the messenger. Alinsky all the way: deflect and detract.

    • He sees his legacy, whatever it might have been, quickly slipping away. Hopefully Trump does win, puts conservative thinkers on the Supreme Court as needed, and dismantles the executive orders one by one–starting with the healthcare bill.

  3. “President Obama today delivered and emotional rebuttal to Donald Trump, castigating the presumptive Republican nominee for his proposals for Muslims to………. do more to expose terrorists within their communities.”

    Think about that little gem. What happened to “If you see something, say something”? He just said it’s OK for Muslims to continue to hide terrorists within “their communities”.

    He doesn’t even try to hide who is is anymore (as he did for years), does he?

    And I am fed up to my eyeballs about his saying that if we try to identify jihadists, protect ourselves from jihadists, eliminate them from our neighborhoods and country, that we are fueling the terrorists.

    Who writes this balderdash for him? Is there not one single person in the White House who dares tell Obama, “If you say this in your speech, you will be seen as a fool”?

  4. I heard Trump’s comments, Obama’s taking them totally out of context, the media swoons.

    Media’s also ignoring that Chick-Fil-A opened on a SUNDAY, to serve free sandwiches and drinks to those standing in line to donate blood in Orlando.

    Media’s also ignoring, Conservative Gay Milo Yiannopolous (@Nero)event being cancelled tonight in Orlando because the “college” couldn’t guarantee his or his sold out audience’s “safety”.

    Meanwhile, WaPo’s reporting https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/742795961483825152

    • I clicked on the link at twitter and read about Anderson Cooper grilling the Florida AG because she enforced the FL law against gay marriage. So that made her responsible for the deaths of 49 people? unbelievable.

      If the reports are true about the killer being gay, the media will spin that story at warp speed.

  5. Obama was exploding with self-righteous indignation! His steely cold black eyes were practically popping out of his head!

    Quite a contrast to his somnambulistic reaction hours after the attack.

    It’s an undisputed fact that Obama’s willful ignorance and incompetence in leaving Iraq without a back-up force led to the rise of ISIS.

    That said, why in the world did Trump use Orlando to make personal attacks? His first words were to the effect of ‘I told you so’.
    It’s always about himself!
    We can’t win for losing!

    • Many people said that pulling out of Iraq was a bad idea.
      Not just Trump.

      “It’s always about himself!
      We can’t win for losing!”

      When have you ever heard Obama say that we are going to make America great again?

      This Country is starving for a leader.

      Just like Carter, Obama has shown US what a weak leader does when in office.

      • But Trump acts like he is the ONLY one who thought the Iraq war and the subsequent pullout was a mistake. Heck, I did too! Does that mean I should be Prez?

        All I can say, AFVet, is, IMO, Trump is the worst possible choice. After watching a minute or two of his teleprompter speech in Virginia, I was embarrassed for him.

        He is becoming ‘smaller and smaller’ with every passing day.

        It’s the old ‘square peg, round hole’ thing. He has no presidntial qualities. IMHO, of course.

        • I respect your opinion just like I know you respect mine.

          For now, I’m looking at the alternatives to Trump and for this Country, and the shape it is in, they do not look good.

          We need a businessman, not more politicians and especially not Hillary.

          • I’ve been searching my brain for weeks, lol.

            I would prefer someone from the military hierarchy.

            Petraeus was destroyed…he would have been a good choice, IMO.

            No one is perfect, but we can’t allow Hillary to move back in.

            She will destroy Trump, IMO.

        • Trump has common sense about what is going on! Do you? Can you see the forest from the trees? How can you leap on some words and try to ruin Trump because of some words? Give him a break, he’s ten times better than Clinton or Obama? Ok, I have said enough but some people has such hard heads and criticize such unimportant things when there are so many big things, like staying alive and being safe from these middle eastern bloodthirsty stone age morons.

  6. “Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.”

    …so, he is admitting to political distraction? Not that it matters. He’s an idiot.

  7. O.T., but in other news, the Russians claiming to be mulling over releasing all of Hilly’s hacked emails (that, ahem, were never hacked) is proof of just how bad Hilly’s email scandal is. It essentially gives Russia the power to pick our next president.

    God only knows the dealing that is going on right now between Hilly and the Russians. The Russians are cashing in, I can tell you that!

  8. Obama says there should be no religious discrimination! Tell that to the Little Sisters of The Poor or Christian bakers, caterers, pizza owners and florists. Obama took swipes at everyone except his idealogical homies and the jihadist.

  9. Obama is running scared.
    For the first time in seven years, someone has the audacity to confront him and his administration’s policies.

    Keep in mind that Christians and Jews are not waging war on Muslims.
    However, Obama’s IRS has waged ‘war’ on Christian and conservative agencies that seek tax free status.

    Obama is the most divisive president I have ever seen.

    He continues to think that his rhetoric is taking effect, even in the face of obvious facts to the contrary.

    Hillary Clinton cannot save him, and I think he knows that.

    My prediction is that he will become more chaotic as the months go on.

    The message from him is clear.
    He does not like this Country, and neither does his wife or for that matter, Valery Jarette.

    The tactics that he has used should be obvious to anyone paying attention from the beginning of his tenure.

    I blame the congress more than I blame him.
    They are the ones that should be held accountable, not the delusional fool that fools elected him twice.

    Better days are ahead, I can feel it.

    • Well said. There is such a huge story here even with the corruption we know about, let alone what we don’t yet know about (but we will eventually, when its far too late). The MSM, corrupt to the core, won’t tell the full story about what’s going on. An MSM which is far more interested in digging through Palin’s garbage can in Alaska or running a week’s worth of stories about when Romney give another kid noogies, all the while refusing to properly vet Obama and his associations is crooked to the core.

      • Roger that Marcus.
        So much evidence piling up, they are going to have a hard time concealing it.

        Too many people watching at this point.

        That’s why he wants to regulate the internet.

  10. “We now have proposals from the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States to bar all Muslims from emigrating to America.”
    Damn right. On this I agree with DT.
    And as far as this scumbag and the scumbags who murdered American citizens in San Bernadino being American citizens themselves, maybe what we should do is ban The Cult of Islam from American soil altogether. After all, if the government is willing to take away our 2nd Amendment rights, they should have no compunction about taking away the rights of a miserable, idol worshipping, pedophile loving, murderous cult.
    What Barack Obama has been doing and saying or not doing and saying for the past 8 years has not helped this county one iota.
    Time to try something new. Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way Barack, but stop the namby pamby rhetoric that has been the hallmark of your um, Presidency.

    • Trump has repeatedly said ban them temporarily until we can find out what is wrong.

      Obama’s ROE on the FBI and the DHS is what is wrong.

      This PC crap has got to go.

  11. He’s angry that his actions or non-actions are being questioned. He points to the killing of terrorists in foreign countries as proof that he is doing something good.
    He doesn’t get us, doesn’t know us.
    We’re scared here in the US. We’re scared that our citizens will be gunned down by a Muslim terrorist while they have dinner in a restaurant. We’re scared that a Christmas party or any get-together will be another opportunity for a terrorist to kill non-believers of Islam.
    We’re scared that the police who are here to protect us have been handicapped by PC attitudes and are hesitant to seek out possible dangers.
    We’re scared that we are on our own to protect our families.
    We’re scared.

    • I agree with you both – I am VERY ANGRY but also scared. We used to be safe until Obama let all these immigrants and illegals into our country unchecked. We have terrorists, killers and rapists walking our streets and don’t know when to expect the next attack. Apparently the FL terrorist wasn’t flagged in the system and somehow had clearance to work as a gov’t contractor. How can this be? ISIS issued a warning 3 days before the attack. The Feds and MSM issued no warnings. Why not? Obama is more obsessed with making school kids undress in front of each other (in locker rooms) than he is with keeping our country safe. I fear we won’t have much of anything left by the end of his last 7 months.

      • Situational awareness is crucial.
        Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you.

        I don’t know what establishments you frequent AZ but watch who is around you.

        No need to be afraid.
        Just be aware.

  12. For the first time in 8 years someone has managed to knock Obama (and Hillary) off kilter and use the world radical Islam and terrorism in the same speech. He wouldn’t do that unless he is seriously concerned the country is going to find out what he’s been up to.

    And what do the Republicans do? They lee on the floor. There is a link on Drudge to. WAPO article with details.

    Don’t be surprised if they nominate David French. And don’t be surprised at the repercussions on Americans once these terrorist figure out that our government has surrendered.

      • That’s OK Grace.
        As Denise says, I am fluent in typos.

        If Trump doesn’t get the nomination, the outrage will be unsustainable.

        • Thanks AFVet. At least I am in good ompany then.

          Read the GOP remarks. I am seriously concerned. Ryan already gave up all financial control to Obama and now he probably carries his Democrat Vote Registration card. More of this and we will surely lose not just this election, but this country.

          Women will be lucky to walk outside with out fear of being raped or groped by marauding gangs, let alone walk to the Hill naked.

          • Freaking Ryan, what a creep — how dare he lie like that and use the media for it? It boggles the mind that Ryan is so corrupt that he could say these things about Trump that are just plain lies?? So jealous, thats what Ryan is, jealous that he, Ryan, is dishwater boring and that Trump has all the knowledge and brainpower that he lacks. They all said that Ryan has no future now that he has buried himself with his rhetoricf about Trump, believe it!

  13. Barry keeps bleating platitudes like “that’s not who we are” and “Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals.”
    How ironic, coming from a scumbag who apparently knows nothing about what Americans truly want, and even less about “democratic ideals”.