Donald Trump had to do his best impersonation of a president on Monday and try not to embarrass himself while speaking on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. For the most part, Trump didn’t do too bad, other than missing the golden opportunity to right one of his wrongs. (Meaning he wasn’t wearing a hood and didn’t grab anybody by the — well, you know.)
Go figure, Breitbart News is furious.
Apparently, Trump just wasn’t bigoted enough (“political correctness” in GOP terms) for their liking and they are making sure he knows it. The conservative news site published an angry tirade slamming Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for failing to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” The article raged that Trump “seemingly went out of his way” to avoid this particular phrase.
In his speech, Trump vowed to honor the memory of those who lost their lives on that fateful day by doing “whatever we must to keep our people safe”:
The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit,” Trump said. “But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle.
But that wasn’t good enough for Breitbart. Nothing will appease them but those magical words: radical Islamic terrorism. Anything less is clearly blasphemy. Let’s make this a little clearer, Trump didn’t use the correct term for a political thing according to Breitbart. So, yeah, Breitbart just slammed Trump for not being politically correct.
The site, which has long supported Trump and his racist agenda, also took aim at Pence for using the term ISIS rather than the organization’s full name. Breitbart didn’t let Defense Secretary James Mattis off the hook either, attacking him for “not even using the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism.’”
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was big on those three little words. He went after former President Obama mercilessly for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” He now finds himself on the other side of that argument though. Funny how that works, huh? Trump is also in unfamiliar territory with Breitbart, headed by his former white supremacist adviser Steve Bannon, taking aim at him for a change.
Bannon was ousted from his position as Trump’s chief strategist last month and promptly returned to his post at Breitbart. At the time of his firing, Bannon and his Breitbart buddies promised “war” and from the looks of it, they intend to make good on that promise.
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