Democrats refuse to use term ‘radical Islam’
Published November 15, 2015
Hillary Clinton and the other Democratic presidential candidates are being criticized for declining to use the words “radical Islam” during Saturday night’s debate, following the deadly terror attacks in Paris.
Former Secretary of State Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley declined to use the words after being asked during the CBS debate whether they would agree with GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio saying, “We are at war with radical Islam.”
The front-running Clinton said using the term “radical Islam” would be “painting with too broad a brush.”
She also said the term was “not particularly helpful.”
“I don’t think we’re at war with Islam,” Clinton continued. “I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists.”
However, Clinton said the world is indeed at war with “violent extremists” and those who use religion for “power” and “oppression.”
GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tweeted: “You’re all grown up now. You can do it. Three words. Ten syllables. Say it with me: ‘Radical Islamic terrorism.”
The Islamic State has taken credit for the three coordinated attacks in and around Paris that killed 129 people and wounded more than 350.
French President Francois Hollande called the attacks “an act of war” by the terror group ISIS, which claimed responsibility for the strikes.
During the debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Sanders said he didn’t think the term “is what’s important.”
He argued the real issue is groups such as ISIS and Al Qaeda, and their mistreatment of women and children, have become “a danger to modern society” and that “American leadership can and must come together to destroy them.”
O’Malley, like Clinton and Sanders, also took special consideration not to offend the entire Muslim community.
“I believe calling it what it is … radical jihadis,” he said. “Let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that all of our Muslim-American neighbors in this country are somehow our enemies here. They are our first line of defense. … We need our Muslim-American neighbors to stand up and to be a part of this.”
GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush tweeted: “Yes, we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism.”
During the debate, Clinton also was asked about a December 2014 speech in which she said it’s important to show “respect even for one’s enemy” and to try to “empathize with their perspective and point of view.”
Clinton responded: “It is important to try to understand your adversary in order to figure out how they are thinking, what they will be doing, how they will react.”
Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri told Yahoo News after the debate that she didn’t think Clinton was getting a lot of criticism for remarks.
“I think she was really clear that we don’t need to go to war,” Palmieri said. “We don’t need to go to war with Islam. We’re going to war with extremists.”
The problem with Hillary and her Democrat pals is she is looking not to offend these heartless terrorists and thus she cannot find it within herself to call the problem by its true name RADICAL ISLAM. It disgusts me to think that at this point Hillary and her pals still want to offer them dignity. If she got bit by a rabid dog she would avoid calling it rabid and term it mentally Distraught canine . But she is missing the point, political correctness does not work here I am asking are we back to asking what is is? Radical Islam is murdering people and they ar showing no sign of halting their murderous ways. In fact they continue to turn up the heat. And here sit three people running for President that appear to believe political correctness somehow holds the answer to this crisis. She is wrong, dead wrong and I hope she is not elected because she has no clue on how to deal with the problem of RADICAL ISLAM.
Signing off, But Never Tapping out!