Trump on Obama, Islam: 'There's Something Going On'

'It's inconceivable'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2016 12:51 PM CDT
Trump on Obama, Islam: 'There's Something Going On'
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday at a private hanger at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport in Moon, Pa.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Donald Trump took his criticism of President Obama in the wake of the Orlando shooting to a new level Monday:

  • On Fox: "Look, we're led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he's got something else in mind. And the something else in mind—you know, people can't believe it. People cannot, they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can't even mention the words 'radical Islamic terrorism.' There's something going on. It's inconceivable. There's something going on."
  • Pressed to clarify later on NBC: "Well there are a lot of people that think maybe he doesn't want to get it. A lot of people think maybe he doesn't want to know about it. I happen to think that he just doesn't know what he's doing, but there are many people that think maybe he doesn't want to get it. He doesn't want to see what's really happening. And that could be."

So what exactly is Trump implying?

  • The Washington Post: "Trump seemed to repeatedly accuse President Obama on Monday of identifying with radicalized Muslims who have carried out terrorist attacks in the United States and being complicit in the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend ..."
  • The Hill says Trump is arguing that "Obama was intentionally pursuing ignorance on the topic of Islamism."
  • Politico: Trump is "pointedly questioning Obama's lack of willingness to call the act 'radical Islamic terrorism' and insinuating that the president's sympathies might lie elsewhere."
  • The Atlantic: "In an almost entirely unprecedented moment, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, suggested in interviews Monday morning that President Obama may have somehow been involved in Sunday's massacre ..."
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