President Barack Obama summed up his war against terrorism in one sentence Wednesday night during a town hall meeting hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper.
When confronted by a Gold Star mother on his refusal to use the term “radical Islam,” he called it a “manufactured issue.”
The question was posed by Tina Houchins, who lost her son Aaron Gautier in Baghdad in 2007.
“Why do you still refuse to use the term racially — I’m sorry, Islamic terrorist?” she asked.
“The truth of the issue is that this is an issue that has been sort of manufactured,” said Obama. “Because there is no doubt … where we see terrorist organizations like al-Qaida or ISIL [the Islamic Strate], they have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for an excuse for basically barbarism and death. These are people who kill children, kill Muslims, take sex slaves.”
Obama went on to say that using the term might make Muslims “feel as if they’re under attack.”
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