Josh Earnest: Wouldn’t Be Accurate to Call Paris Attackers ‘Radical Islamists’
NPR’s Mara Liasson grilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today about why they refuse to use the phrase “radical Islam” in reference to terrorist attacks like the ones in Paris last week. Eric Holder wouldn’t bite when asked about it in two separate interviews on Sunday.
Liasson repeatedly asked Earnest why the White House has “gone to great lengths” and “bent over backwards” to avoid using the phrase “radical Islam.” Earnest argued it’s an issue of “accuracy,” because “these terrorists are individuals who would like to cloak themselves in the veil of a particular religion.”
And so, he said, the White House doesn’t want to give the terrorists the satisfaction of acknowledging their warped reasoning for carrying out these attacks. On top of that, Earnest pointed to Muslim leaders all over the world that have condemned the attack as another reason.
Liasson still found it rather strange that the White House has done everything it can to avoid saying those two particular words.
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[h/t Daily Caller]
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