New DNC ad criticizes Republicans for using the term 'radical Islam'
President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and most Washington Democrats are desperate to avoid using the term "radical Islam" to describe, well, radical Islamists. Forget reason or logic; toss away reality. What Obama and the Democrats are doing by denying the existence of radical Islam is throwing a bone to Muslims who, themselves, are hostages to a fantasy.
The Democratic National Committee has now enabled that fantasy by releasing what Mediaite's Alex Griswold calls a "stupid" ad that criticizes Republicans for connecting Islam with terrorism.
To begin with, the ad is horribly tone-deaf. I don’t doubt that the decision-makers in the Democratic Party are horrified by the phrase “radical Islam.” But a new poll released today on the issue found that a supermajority of Americans agree that the United States is at war with radical Islam, including 56% of Democratic voters. Only 24% of the country agrees with the president. So right off the bat, the Democratic Party is attacking Republicans for a stance their own voters agree with.
But of course, the ad attacked Republicans for just saying “radical Islam,” not saying we’re at war with it. Well, 92% of Americans also say “radical Islamic terrorism” is a serious threat to the United States. But hey, at least the DNC is making inroads with that 8%.
To say nothing of the timing behind the ad. Literally any other time of the year, voters might have just rolled their eyes at the unbearable PC-ness of it all. But the DNC ad comes after a series of major terrorist attacks across the globe… and after President Barack Obama gave a speech in response that left the impression that he was more fired up about attacking his domestic critics than taking on ISIS. To attack Republicans for “inciting fear” about radical Islam in the wake of nonstop news about radical Islamic terror is just an unbelievable misfire.
But setting aside the politics of it all, the ad is simply insulting to the American voter’s intelligence. “Equating Islam, all Muslims, with terrorists is oversimplification and wrong,” the ad reads as somber music plays.
I think we can all agree that’s true. But in all the clips of Republican candidates that the ad shows, they never once say that the religion of Islam is the enemy, or that “all Muslims” are terrorists. They’re literally just saying the words “radical Islam,” “radical Muslims” and “radical Islamic terrorism.”
The inference the DNC appears to making here is astonishing. To even allude to the fact that radical Islam exists is now “equating Islam, all Muslims, with terrorists”? Even the most politically correct among us would roll their eyes at that notion.
It's hardly a denial of reality for Democrats to avoid the term "radical Islam," because in their reality, anything that causes pain to any of their favored minority groups is wrong. Many Muslims simply can't face the fact that some of their co-religionists want to murder people they consider "un-Islamic." Any disturbance in their exalted view of their religion is simply ignored or denied.
And forget the media pressing Hillary or any other candidate to the wall on this issue. They're as much in denial as the Democrats – not surprisingly.
Hopefully, the adults will be in charge after the 2016 election, and we can end this nonsensical debate once and for all.