By Center for American Progress Action Fund from Washington, DC (Barack Obama at Las Vegas Presidential Forum) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Center for American Progress Action Fund from Washington, DC (Barack Obama at Las Vegas Presidential Forum) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

President Obama denounces Trump’s Muslim ban.

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Donald Trump, the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party, expanded his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. He also criticized President Barack Obama for his soft stand on Muslims. He said that anyone who still refuses to use the term “radical Islam” has only limited interest for the safety of the country.

He also said that the immigration laws give the President of the United States the power to suspend the entry of any class of people into the country that he/she deems detrimental to the security of the nation. President Obama is not invoking it since he has no interest in protecting American lives.

Tuesday saw an otherwise peaceful Obama responding angrily to Trump's accusations and his anti-Muslim rhetoric. He called Trump a “dangerous” threat to the country's diversity, religious freedom, and safety. He said that Donald Trump is betraying American values by tagging all Muslims as accomplices in the terrorist attacks that has happened in the country.

The Fort Hood killer, one of the San Bernardino killers, and the Orlando killer were all American citizens. He asked Trump whether he wants the country to treat all the Muslim Americans differently, whether to put them all under surveillance? Banning Muslims or putting them under surveillance is not going to make the ISIL less committed to killing Americans. It is not going to bring in more allies.

According to Obama, America was founded on religious freedom. Abandoning American values mean betraying the very things the country is trying to protect. He will not let that happen.

Touching the “radical Islam” term issue, Obama said that the reason why he is being careful, by not using the term, has got nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with defeating extremism. America knows who its enemy is. He also pointed out his success in bringing Osama bin Laden and various other terrorists down, during his term.

President Barack Obama has always been an avid advocate of stringent gun control laws. According to him, the most commonsense step to prevent any future mass shootings or other terror attacks is to make it as difficult as possible for the extremists to get assault weapons. To do that, the country needs very strict gun laws.

According to Obama, tagging all Muslims as bad and spreading their propaganda that America hates Muslims are only going to play right into the hands of the terrorists.

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