Throughout his two terms as president, President Barack Obama has often been questioned — and criticized — about why he doesn’t use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”
For instance, in June he was called out for referring to the Orlando nightclub shooting by Omar Mateen, a New York-born U.S. citizen who had pledged his allegiance to ISIS, as an “act of terror” and not an act of “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016
So, when Obama attended a CNN presidential town hall, host Jake Tapper and Tina Houchins, a Gold Star mother, asked him why he refrains from calling acts of terrorism are committed by so-called Muslim radicals.
"My son gave his life for acts of terrorism," audience member Houchins told Obama at the town hall moderated by CNN's Jake Tapper. "Do you still believe that the acts of terrorism are done for the self-proclaimed Islamic religious motive? And if you do, why do you still refuse to use the term ... Islamic terrorist?"
Although Obama has explained multiple times why he doesn’t use the controversial term — he doesn’t want to give any kind of validation to the terrorists’ activists — he reiterated the reason more eloquently than ever.
"There is no doubt, and I've said repeatedly, where we see terrorist organizations like al Qaeda or ISIL, they have perverted and distorted and tried to claim the mantle of Islam for an excuse for basically barbarism and death.”
Obama then compared acts of terror committed in the name of Islam to the ones carried out in the name of Christianity, as an example to make his point.
"If you had an organization that was going around killing and blowing people up and said, 'We're on the vanguard of Christianity.' As a Christian, I'm not going to let them claim my religion and say, 'You're killing for Christ.' I would say, that's ridiculous," Obama added.
"That's not what my religion stands for. Call these folks what they are, which is killers and terrorists.”