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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama to resign because he didn’t use the words “radical Islamic terrorism” to describe the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando.
“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism?” Trump tweeted moments before Obama addressed the nation Sunday afternoon. “If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”
He later followed up his tweet with a full statement.
“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam,'” the statement read. “For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.”
In his speech, Obama did not specifically use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” The president, however, did call the massacre an “act of terror.”
Trump continued in his statement: “If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore. Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen – and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.”
A gunman killed 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. It was the deadliest shooting in US history and the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11.
Omar Mateen, the suspected shooter, reportedly pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS (also known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh) in a 911 call.
It was not immediately what the attacker’s specific connection to ISIS was.
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