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Donald Trump said hours after the mass shooting in Florida that “a lot of people” think President Barack Obama may be aiding terrorism on Monday by choosing “not to get it.”
“There are a lot of people who think he maybe doesn’t want to get it, who think he maybe doesn’t want to know about it — I happen to think he just doesn’t know what he’s doing — but there are many people who think he doesn’t want to get it, he doesn’t want to see what’s happening,” Trump said in an interview on the “TODAY” show, a day after 49 were killed and 53 more were injured in a mass shooting at a nightclub popular with the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida. The shooter called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS during the attack.
Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has raised questions for years about Obama’s birthplace and has suggested – incorrectly -- that the president might secretly be Muslim. His comments on Monday went even further, implying that Obama might have somehow abetted the Orlando attack.
Trump — who spent yesterday congratulating himself for his own past warnings on terrorism and renewing his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the nation — often cloaks his most inflammatory remarks as simply repeating what others think.
He also stoked suspicions about the president’s motives in an interview on Monday morning on Fox News.
“We’re led by a man who is either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” he said. “People cannot believe 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.”
It’s a phrase the president has refused to use in the past arguing that it would vilify an entire religion while doing nothing to stop the deadly perversion of it that enacts terror. On Sunday, Trump called on the president to “resign in disgrace” for not using the term.
"President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'Radical Islam,'” he said in a statement."For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words 'Radical Islam' she should get out of this race for the Presidency.”