Democrats have consistently spoken out against the use of the words “radical Islam” to describe the beliefs of those who commit terrorism in the name of Allah.
The Democratic National Committee has now gone so far as to launch an ad targeting the many Republican presidential candidates who use the term, including candidates such as Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz.
The ad opens with the message “Republicans keep saying the same thing” and then shows shots of the Republican candidates using the words “radical Islam” and similar phrases such as “radical Islamic jihadists.”
Interspersed is a message from Democrats about the term. They claim that by using the term, the candidates are “Equating Islam, all Muslims, with terrorists…” and that it is an “oversimplification” and “It’s wrong.”
The ad then says “But don’t take our word for it,” and shows several out of context remarks by President George W. Bush concerning Islam.
They quote President Bush: “We do not fight against Islam. We fight against evil.”
They quote him again: “The war against terrorism is not a war against Muslims, nor is it a war against Arabs. It’s a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people.”
The final quote of Bush: “That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.”
The ad then concludes “Inciting fear isn’t presidential” and then shows a large D to symbolize the Democrat party.
Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have spoken out against using the term “radical Islam.”
Clinton refrained from using the term at all during the Democrat debate after the Paris attacks that killed 129 civilians.
Obama said in February: “They no more represent Islam than any madman who kills in the name of Christianity or Judaism or Buddhism or Hinduism. No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism.”
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