Trump Escalates Attacks Against Obama in Wake of Orlando Tragedy
Donald Trump stepped up attacks against President Obama in the day following the deadly shooting in Orlando, Fla., saying the president should resign because he refuses to use the words “radical Islam” and asserted “he’s got something else in mind.”
“We’re led by a man who is a very—look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said via phone on Fox and Friends.
“And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot—they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can’t even mention the words radical Islamic terrorism. There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.”
Trump has also called on Obama, via Twitter, to resign over not using the words “radical” or “Islamic.”
“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”
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
Obama spoke on Sunday, calling the mass shooting “an act of terror and an act of hate,” but did not mention the words “radical Islamic.”
Trump was also critical of Obama’s renewed call for stricter gun controls.
“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump said on Fox and Friends.”
“No. 1, and No. 2, calling on another gun ban, I mean, this man has no clue. First of all, the shooter was licensed. So he went through all the procedures, he was fully licensed to have a gun. So he would have passed the test that the president would have thrown up there. It’s so ridiculous.”
The presumptive Republican nominee has been a longtime critic of the president.
Trump was one of the most outspoken voices in the “birther” movement, which questioned Obama’s citizenship and demanded his birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States. Obama released the certificate in April 2011.
As recently as 2015, Trump has maintained that he’s still a birther, and said that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement:
“You know who started the birth movement? You know who started it? Do you know who questioned his birth certificate, one of the first? Hillary Clinton,” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in May. “She’s the one that started it. She brought it up years before it was brought up by me.”
Trump has also been critical of Obama’s foreign policy record and has linked Hillary Clinton with his policies.
Following Trump’s criticism, Clinton seemingly broke with Obama, calling the attack in Orlando “radical Islamic terrorism” in an interview with ABC’s the “Today” show. Trump was quick to respond.
“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!”
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