Obama: ‘Why Won’t Trump Say “Radical Americanism?”‘

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Say ‘radical Americanism!’

President Barack Obama lashed out at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump yesterday after a group of white American men showed up at a political rally in Dallas toting guns and intimating they will resort to violence if anyone tries to restrict gun ownership in the wake of another mass shooting.

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Radical Americanist?

“You can’t solve a problem if you refuse to name it, and Donald Trump disgracefully refuses to say the words ‘radical Americanism’ when we once again have a group of armed white men seeking to intimidate other Americans through their use of guns,” the president said at a news conference at the White House. “Look, the Republican party is led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he’s got something else in mind. He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands—it’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable.”

Also yesterday, Obama sent out a tweet calling for Trump to step down as the Republican nominee if he doesn’t say the words. “Is Trump going to finally mention the words radical Americanism?” he said in his tweet. “If he doesn’t he should immediately step out of the presidential race in disgrace!” o-twt

In response, Trump said he doesn’t use the term “radical Americanism” to describe white American men’s obsession with guns and violence because he doesn’t want to make this a fight against America but rather keep it a fight against people who pervert Americanism for their narrow ideological purposes.

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‘Radical Americanism’ is a distraction!

“What exactly would using this label accomplish?” Trump said. “What exactly would it change? Would it make white, male Americans less committed to intimidating other Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction.”

Trump pointed out that the policy of not saying “radical Americanism” was started under a Democrat, Bill Clinton, and continues to be followed by his wife, Hillary Clinton, as she faces off against him as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. “Bill Clinton said years ago that ours is not a war against Americans,” Trump said. “It’s a war against white men who pervert Americanism for their ultra-consevative, backwards view of America, an America in which women can’t get abortions, poor people aren’t provided affordable access to healthcare, the rich get tax cuts while everyone else pays more and gets fewer services, the gun lobby—not Congress—makes gun policy, and the line between government and Christianity is erased.”

Political analysts slammed Obama for insinuating that Trump is somehow in league with radical Americans. “It’s shameful to hear our president intimate that Donald Trump is a secret sympathizer of radical Americanism,” said Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker. Analysts writing in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and speaking on CBS and other networks, also condemned Obama’s insinuation. “It’s disgraceful to hear a sitting president give innuendo-laden remarks that try to suggest our Republican presidential nominee is in cahoots with radical Americans,” said David Ignatius. “That’s not becoming of a president.”

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