Why so hard to tell the truth about Orlando?, by Michael Graham.
President Obama left out the words “Islam” and “Muslim” entirely from his remarks to the nation after the Islamic State-inspired attack on a gay nightclub. This is akin to a speech following a Ku Klux Klan attack on a black church that fails to mention race.
To say such a thing just makes you look stupid. Or in the case of a smart guy like President Obama, it makes you look like someone who’s pretending to be stupid. Which he seems to be doing.
Obama could seriously dent Trump’s popularity by easing up on the political correctness. Instead, this latest is a huge fillip for Trump.
One of the most powerful pro-Trump arguments is that everyone else in American politics is too gutless and politically correct to tell the common-sense truth about the current state of Islam.
There is an incredibly easy way to undermine Trump’s case: Tell the truth about Islam. President Obama could give a speech tomorrow, surrounded by Muslim victims of Islamist violence, and talk about the divide within the Muslim world and America’s plans to help the good guys beat the bad guys (OK, so he’d have to make up that last part, but still).
Instead, Obama handed Trump a huge gift. He went on national TV, in the wake of the worst attack since 9/11, and did exactly what Trump said he’d do: Wimp out. Sugar coat. Avoid the problem. Then, to make it even better for Trump, Obama pushed gun control again — showing he’s not afraid of controversy, he’s just afraid to talk about Islam.
Thus far, Clinton’s followed the same strategy. The result is that the only political leader who’s not blatantly lying to America about the terrorism that’s killing our citizens is Donald Trump. What better way is there to get more Americans to take him seriously? …
[H]ow is “ban all Muslims” any more crazy than “Muslims have no connection whatsoever to terrorism?”
PC people always have a problem with truth, because they rely on political correctness — which is always at odds with reality (otherwise it would merely be “correctness”).