In the wake of the horrific Orlando massacre, President Barack Obama gave an empowering speech about the action America should take after such a deadly tragedy. Watch his speech right here.
President Barack Obama touched on the tragic events that took place at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in the early hours of June 12, when Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 and injuring 53 others. In a moving speech, President Obama, 54, not only demanded that our country changes its gun reform laws, but also slammed Donald Trump, 70, for the Republican candidate’s use of the term “radical Islam.”
‘There’s no magic to the phrase radical Islam. It’s a political talking point,” President Obama said, speaking at the Treasury Department in Washington DC. “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans, would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a dfiferent name does not make it go away, this is a political distraction.”
Although he didn’t call out Donald by name, President Obama referred to the “radical Islam” remarks as “yappin’,” mentioning that it simply doesn’t do anything to improve the safety of our country and its people. As he continued, President Obama insisted that if we do radicalize other religions and cultures, more tragedies like the Orlando nightclub massacre could result.
“This is a country founded on basic freedoms, including freedom of religion….If we ever abandon those values, we would not only make it a lot easier to radicalize people here and around the world, but we would have betrayed the very things we are trying to protect: The pluralism and the openness, our rule of law, our civil liberties,” President Obama added. “The very things that make this country great, the very things that make this country exceptional. And then the terrorists would have won. And we can not let that happen. I will not let that happen.”
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