One of the cornerstones of Trump’s campaign was that he was the only person strong enough, brave enough, and honest enough to say “radical Islamic terrorism.” And furthermore, anyone who didn’t say it was a politically correct fool, too weak and spineless to protect our country. So guess what happens when he steps on Muslim soil and addresses over fifty Muslim leaders.
It started in November 2015, when Trump began calling out President Obama as a complete and abject failure at protecting Americans from terrorism because he wouldn’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorists.”
When will President Obama issue the words RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM? He can't say it, and unless he will, the problem will not be solved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2015
He then quickly turned to attacking Hillary Clinton as well, calling both of them weak and “politically correct fools” because they wouldn’t use the term. The narrative he drew was “about RADICAL ISLAMIC TERROR and the weakness of our ‘leaders’ to eradicate it!” He boasted on twitter that he had “been hitting Obama and Crooked Hillary hard on not using the term Radical Islamic Terror,” and then lampooned her for finally saying it. And then after the election, he used the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism” in Europe and the Middle-East as justification for his travel bans.
In short, he tweeted, “We better get tough with RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS, and get tough now, or the life and safety of our wonderful country will be in jeopardy!”
Trump turns politically correct
After spending 16 months as candidate and President endlessly insisting that anyone who won’t use the term “radical Islamic terror” is a weak, abject failure, Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia to address over 50 leaders from Muslim countries. In his prepared speech, he used that term exactly zero times.
The bully-in-chief, who has insulted anyone and everyone who got in his path, gave what Vox described as an “uncharacteristically inoffensive,” address. He called for “partnership,” “lessons of experience,” and a battle “between good and evil.” The harshest words were probably:
That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires. And it means standing together against the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews, and the slaughter of Christians. Religious leaders must make this absolutely clear: Barbarism will deliver you no glory — piety to evil will bring you no dignity. If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be condemned.
Now, to be honest, that is one of the first times he has acted Presidential, and one shouldn’t condemn the President of the United States for doing so. But having built his promise for security and safety of Americans on the use of that one term, and having blasted Obama and Clinton as inept morons for being more diplomatic and tactful, we must call Trump out as a raging hypocrite for failing to live up to his promise to America when given the chance.
The most galling part of all of this is, of course, how often Trump attacked others for being hypocrites. Here is a link to 40 tweets in which he blasts Obama, Democrats, Alison Grimes, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, among so many others, as hypocrites. And there are at least 24 videos, speeches, and statements in which he went on and on about the same thing.
Just take this gem: “Ted is the ultimate hypocrite. Says one thing for money, does another for votes.” Sound familiar? Or the cover image, in which Trump bowed to the Saudi King after relentlessly mocking Obama for doing the same?
Of course, all this is nothing new. Just consider these headlines:
But of course, President Trump is not a hypocrite. He’s something much worse. And he just keeps proving that, again, and again, and again.
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