On Friday, the Democratic National Committee released an advertisement that attempted to criticize Republicans for using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” when describing ISIS and the perpetrations of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
However, the hypocrisy exhibited by DNC Chair [crscore]Debbie Wasserman Schultz[/crscore] and Hillary Clinton is palpable. (RELATED: Clinton Still Refuses To Say ‘Radical Islam,’ Calls It A ‘Distraction’ [VIDEO])
Clinton has used the term in the past, including on February 13, 2005, when she was accepting a German Media Prize when she said the values of “democracy, tolerance, rule of law, individual rights” were “under attack from the radical Islamist extremists. Their ideology disdains our liberal democratic values and seeks to destroy all that we hold dear.” (RELATED: Hillary Won’t Say ‘Radical Islam’ Now, But She Would A Decade Ago)
In August, Clinton said, “The Republicans are putting forth some very radical and offensive positions when it comes to women’s lives, women’s reproductive health, women’s employment.”
On Friday, Clinton blamed the “talk of Republicans” for a woman fainting a campaign rally. (RELATED: Hillary Cracks Joke After Woman Faints At Campaign Event [VIDEO])
Wasserman Schultz on the other hand has instead used the term “radical” to describe Republicans and the tea party.
In a Huffington Post op ed from May 2014, Wasserman Schultz suggested that tea party candidates have “extreme policy positions and radical rhetoric.
In June 2014, Wasserman Schultz said that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor losing to tea party insurgent [crscore]Dave Brat[/crscore] was a message to Republicans to not “stray from the radical Tea Party agenda.”
When discussing Iowa Sen. [crscore]Joni Ernst[/crscore], Wasserman Schultz said that she received financial backing from donors who “embrace radical Tea Party ideology.”
Wasserman Schultz also called the 2016 GOP field, “radical and out-of-touch.”
A Rasmussen poll released Friday indicated that 60 percent of likely voters believe the U.S. is at war with “radical Islamic terrorism,” while 24 percent disagree, and 16 percent are undecided. (RELATED: Voters Say What Obama Wont: ‘We Are At War With Radical Islam’)
The ad released by the DNC — entitled “Inciting fear isn’t presidential” — showed footage of [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] calling out “radical Islam,” Jeb Bush saying “radical Islamic terrorism,” Donald Trump saying “radical Muslims,” Ben Carson saying “radical Islamic jihadists,” and [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] calling out “radical Islamic terrorism.” The ad then has text calling those phrases an “oversimplification” that is “wrong.”
Then the ad plays footage of George W. Bush suggesting, “We do not fight against Islam, we fight against evil… the war against terrorism is not a war against Muslims, nor is it a war against Arabs, it is a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people… that is not what Islam is all about, Islam is peace.”
The DNC ad completely ignores the fact that none of the Republican candidates vilified Islam, they were talking about the “radical” aspects of a percentage of people who identify as Muslim.
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