President Obama lost his cool on Tuesday unleashing a blistering verbal assault on Donald Trump and what Obama calls Trumps “dangerous” proposal to ban Muslims entering the country.
Obama insinuated that its Trump’s fault there is an increase in radical Islamic attacks, and accused Republicans of fostering resentment among Muslims that could generate further attacks.
“We are now seeing how dangerous this kind of mindset and this kind of thinking can be,” he said. “We’re starting to see where this kind of rhetoric and loose talk and sloppiness about who exactly we’re fighting, where this can lead us.”
Obama’s tirade starts at the 12:45 mark.
“What exactly would using this language accomplish? What exactly would it change?” Obama asked during remarks at the Treasury Department. “Would it make ISIL less committed to try and kill Americans?” he continued, using a different acronym for ISIS.
“Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above,” he said. “Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”
CNN reported that in a brief statement following Obama’s remarks, Trump said Obama “claims to know our enemy, and yet he continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies, and for that matter, the American people.”
“When I am President, it will always be America First,” Trump said. He was expected to respond more fully during an evening event in North Carolina.