In his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Donald Trump vowed to protect the United States from the threat of “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“Our obligation is to preserve, protect, and defend the citizens of the United States,” Trump said. “We are also taking strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.”
The moment and Trump’s choice of words are noteworthy for several reasons. Firstly, his predecessor, Barack Obama, refused to use the term. Secondly, the phrasing goes against the advice of Trump’s new National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
And finally, just watch how Democrats reacted to the line compared to Republicans:
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As you can see in the video, Republicans stood and applauded the president after the line. It appeared that Democrats didn’t even offer faint applause following the statement. The term “radical Islamic terrorism” is still clearly a partisan issue among members of Congress.
Predictably, Trump received a chilly reception from Democrats both before and during the address.