In an interview on Fox and Friends on Wednesday, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he disagrees with President Obama on his unwillingness to use the term “radical Islam.”
In a speech on Tuesday, President Obama questioned why it matters what language we use when discussing terrorists, but Senator Manchin has a different view from the president.
“He should have said ‘radical Islam.’ I believe that,” Manchin said. “I believe that they’re radical.”
When asked to clarify if he would use the term “radical Islam” when describing terrorists like the Orlando nightclub shooter, Manchin said, “I’d do it in a heartbeat.”
In his speech on Tuesday, President Obama mocked Trump for emphasizing the use of this term as such a vital aspect of fighting terrorism.
“What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change?” Obama said. “Would it make ISIL less committed to try and kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is none of the above. Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”