President Obama gave a lengthy statement to the media in which he excoriated the idiot Trump without mentioning his name once and hung that bloated orange albatross around the necks of Republican officials. The section on the idiotic “radical Islam” controversy begins at approximately 1:05:
The whole thing is worth hearing; PBO also provides updates on the fight against ISIS and calls for reinstating the ban on assault weapons, framing it as a way to get tough on terrorism. Choice excerpts on the “Radical Islam” thing via Buzzfeed [full transcript here — thanks, Tractarian]:
“What exactly will using this label [radical Islam] accomplish?” Obama said. “What will it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring us more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above.”
He went on to say that there has never been a moment in his time as president that he has not been able to pursue a strategy because he did not use the label “radical Islam.”
“Not once has an adviser of mine said, ‘Man, if we really used that phrase, would we turn this around,’” Obama said. “Not once.”
President Obama blasted Trump’s proposal of barring all Muslims from coming to the United States.
“Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently?” Obama said. “Do Republican officials actually agree with this?”
Obama concluded that history has shown “when we acted out of fear … we came to regret it.”
“We’ve seen our government mistreat our fellow citizens and it has been a shameful part of our history,” he said.
Boom. Grenade’s in your court, Combover Caligula.