Conservatives React With Outrage As Dems Avoid The Term ‘Radical Islam’

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Conservatives gleefully called on voters to wake up after the Democratic presidential candidates declined during Saturday night’s debate to say the U.S. is at war with “radical Islam” in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The term is a favorite among the Republican presidential candidates, who evoke “radical Islam” in broad strokes when talking about the Islamic State and jihadists committing violent acts of terrorism around the world.

The debate’s moderator, CBS News’ John Dickerson, asked Hillary Clinton to respond to Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) remarks that the Paris attacks show the U.S. is “at war with radical Islam.”

“I don’t think we’re at war with Islam. I don’t think we’re at war with all Muslims. I think we’re at war with jihadists,” Clinton responded. Dickerson interrupted her to clarify that Rubio “didn’t say all Muslims. He said ‘radical Islam.'”

Clinton went on to say that one of George W. Bush’s contributions after the Sept. 11 attacks was to publicly declare the U.S. was not at war with Islam or Muslims, but with violent extremism.

President Obama’s refusal to evoke “racial Islam” has been a perennial source of criticism from conservatives, and they turned out in droves to slam the Democrats over the same issue.

The conservative news site Breitbart also published a post hitting the Democrats for not using the phrase “to describe the enemy responsible for attacking the United States and the west [sic] in general.”

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