Jun. 14, 2016 8:24pm Tré Goins-Phillips
During a speech about the Orlando terrorist attack Tuesday, President Barack Obama chided Donald Trump for his rhetoric about Muslims, and the presumptive Republican nominee responded during a rally in Greensboro, N.C.
“I watched President Obama today, and he was more angry at me than he was at the shooter,” the billionaire businessman told rally-goers.
During his speech earlier, Obama lambasted the real estate developer for his “dangerous” policy ideas and his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., asking, “Do Republican officials actually agree with this?”
“Because that’s not the America we want,” he continued. “It doesn’t reflect our Democratic ideals. It will make us less safe.”
After seeing the president’s comments, Trump critiqued Obama’s “level of anger.”
“The level of anger … that’s the kind of anger he should have for the shooter and these killers that shouldn’t be here,” Trump said.
Trump added that “many people” agreed with his perspective, paraphrasing a political pundit he saw on Fox News Tuesday who suggested the Republican candidate was getting under Obama’s skin.
“Nobody at the end of that speech understood anything other than, ‘Boy does he hate Donald Trump,’” the Republican said.
During his speech on the Orlando shooting, Obama also addressed why he does not use the phrase “radical Islam.” According to the commander in chief, using that phrase would make no difference in the way the administration or military addresses the issue.
“What exactly would using this label accomplish?” he asked. “What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to 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,” Obama continued. “Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away.”