In a speech to the heads of over 50 Muslim-majority countries, Trump refused to say the phrase “radical Islamic terror,” an expression for which he constantly criticized both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for avoiding.
Leading up to his speech, Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster tempered expectations that the President would use the phrase.
“The President will call it whatever he wants to call it. But I think it’s important that, whatever we call it, we recognize that [radical Islamic terrorists] are not religious people. And, in fact, these enemies of all civilizations, what they want to do is to cloak their criminal behavior under this fall idea of some kind of religious war.”
The change of heart was an abrupt about-face for someone whose primary rallying call on foreign policy was a staunch, unyielding defense of the phrase. During his presidential campaign, Trump repeated this hard line stance when attacking both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘radical Islam.’ 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.”
Of course, this is only the latest in a long list of reversals from his campaign to the presidency. As Trump continues to cozy up to the very nations he promised to confront, his hypocrisy is a glaring slap in the face to his supporters.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.