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Trump, Obama and Clinton all take stances on the term ‘radical Islam’


Trump thinks we should use the phrase "radical Islam." (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, Donald Trump is doubling down on the term "radical Islam."

Trump called out Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and other Democrats for not using the term enough on June 12th.

"In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'radical Islam.' For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the presidency. ... Radical Islam advocates hate women, gays, Jews, Christians and all Americans."

Then he took to Twitter about it.

In a later interview, he spoke about how people are afraid of the term.

"The first thing you need is a president that will mention the problem. And [Obama] won't even mention what the problem is. Unless you're going to say that, you're never going to solve it."

He then said Clinton also doesn't use the term enough.

"… [Clinton is] afraid to use [the term] because President Obama doesn't want her to."

However, Clinton had just used the term before Trump's June 13th interview, on the same show.

"From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say and it mattered we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we--whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I'm happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing. but I won't demonize an entire religion, that plays into ISIS' hands."

Obama has said they don't use terms like "radical Islam" and "Islamic extremism" because this would grant the terrorist movement religious legitimacy. The White House has clearly differentiated between terrorism and religion.

"They are not religious leaders--they're terrorists and we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

Even Clinton has spoken against the term before.

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Trump, Obama and Clinton all take stances on the term ‘radical Islam’

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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