Does Using or Not Using the Label 'Radical Islam' Make a Difference?
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Faizan Haq, the president and founder of WNY Muslims, says blanket statements made by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unwittingly play into the hands of extremist terrorist groups like the Islamic State.
"As far as ISIS is concerned, this is their ideal presidential candidate because it makes them popular, it makes them seem more influential, and it actually feeds into their propaganda so, if we want that, then Mr. Trump is the candidate who will intensify this conflict and who will also harm the interest of the United States in America here and overseas," said Haq.
Hag, who says the shooter in the Orlando massacre does not represent the values of all Muslims, alleges Trump takes these stands because it appeals to his base.
"Donald Trump is a person who is driving a car recklessly through a very crowded street and he keeps bumping into people," said Hag.
Following the mass shooting, Trump also renewed his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. As investigators continue to try to determine a motive behind Orlando, Trump says it points to just one thing.
"We need to tell the truth also about how radical Islam is coming to our shores. We’re importing radical Islamic terrorism to the west through a failed immigration system," said Trump.
For months, Trump has slammed President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for refusing to say "radical Islam" or "radical Islamic terrorists." The president came out with his strongest statement yet on Trump's attacks.
"There's not been a moment in my 7 1/2 years as president where we have not been able to pursue a strategy because we didn't use the label, 'radical Islam,'" President Obama said on Tuesday. "Not once has an adviser of mine said, 'man, if we really use that phrase, we're going to turn this whole thing around.' Not once."