At the conclusion of his remarks on the fight against ISIS Tuesday afternoon, President Obama used a long stretch of his speech to slam Republican critics who have bash him for not using the phrase “radical Islam,” but also to push back against the “dangerous mindset” of Republicans like Donald Trump, who have proposed policies like banning Muslims from entering the United States, and stepping up surveillance on Muslim neighborhoods within the U.S.
“Where does this stop?” the President asked, pointing out that the killers in the three most recent terrorist mass shootings were all U.S. citizens. Obama then seemed to call on Republicans to publicly reject the ideas being proposed by their presumptive nominee:
Are we going to start treating all Muslim Americans differently? Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to start discriminating them because of their faith? We’ve heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want. It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals. It will make us less safe.
In a speech Monday afternoon, Trump reiterated his proposed ban on Muslim immigration, and accused Muslim American communities of knowingly harboring the terrorists who committed recent attacks.
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