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Obama White House critical of French Muhammad cartoons back in 2012 . . . ‘always on the wrong side’

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President Obama issued a statement Wednesday “strongly” condemning the terror attack in France, but there was a time when the White House was critical of the satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo.

“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people,” the president said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.”

But the White House had previously criticized the “judgment” of the weekly magazine for publishing cartoons critical of Islam, according to The Daily Caller.

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“We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Muhammad, and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this,” then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at a news briefing in Sept., 2012. “We know these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential be be inflammatory.”

To some social media users, it seems the White House is trying to have it both ways. To many, it’s enough to question why Obama’s allegiance is “always on the wrong side.”

Here are a few responses, as seen on Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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