Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a number of interviews on Monday concerning the Orlando nightclub shooting suggesting that president Barack Obama is blind to the issues of terrorism and even suggested that Obama sympathizes with the shooter.
Trump has never been a fan of Obama’s, calling for proof of his birth certificate and even questioned his faith and heritage.
One day after the worst mass shooting in American history – the gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida – Trump told Fox News the he believes there is “something else going on.”
“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said. “People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
Trump highlighted the fact that Obama refuses to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase Obama claims would promote groups like ISIS as religious groups instead of terrorist groups. President Obama believes that terrorists want to portray the U.S. as a country at war with Islam and using these terms would confirm their accusations. Trump demanded that the president should “immediately resign in disgrace” if he does not say the words.
The president gave a statement in the White House Press Briefing Room and called the shooting an “act of terror” and an “act of hate.”
“He doesn’t get it or he gets it better than anybody understands — it’s one or the other and either one is unacceptable,” Trump said Monday.
Trump says that although many people think that Obama doesn’t want to get it, he feels that he “just doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
“He’s not addressing the issue. He’s not calling it what it is. This is radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said.