For a few years now, conservatives have been pressing Democrats like President Obama and Hillary Clinton to use the specific phrase “radical Islam” or “Radical Islamic Terrorism” to describe the activities of groups like ISIS. While the President has called on Muslims to confront “extremist ideology,” his administration has resisted the particular “radical Islam” formulation in order to avoid alienating Muslim allies and potential partners. On Monday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day, however, anchor Chris Cuomo got Hillary Clinton to utter the Phrase That Pays:
From my perspective, it matters what we do more than what we say. And it mattered that we got bin Laden, not what name we called him. I have clearly said we — whether you call it, radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either. I think they mean the same thing. What I won’t do, because it’s dangerous to defeat this threat, is demonize, demagogue and declare war on an entire religion.
Missed it by that much, but surely, “radical Islamism” satisfies the requirements of the “Radical Islamic Terrorism” crowd, and will surely lead ISIS to surrender immediately.
There will be some who will be disappointed in Hillary for using the phrase, and others who will cling to the fact that “radical Islamism” isn’t the exact password, but for better or worse, when you’re explaining, you’re losing. Hillary appears to be tired of explaining.
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