On the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, Donald Trump gave his first post-9/11 speech as president to the millions of Americans who eagerly awaited what he would say. However, there was a hidden detail in his comments which many missed that delivered a deserved slap to Barack Obama.
For 8 years, Americans were forced to listen to Barack Obama repeatedly chastise them for being racist and Islamophobic, perpetuating the idea that Muslims are the world’s victims and that they are the model for American values.
Despite 30,000 Islamic terror attacks since 9/11 alone, Obama consistently summoned his Islamic upbringing to ensure that the Muslim minority held a privileged status — one that shielded them from legitimate debate and criticism in the wake of each attack. Unfortunately for this special interest group, there’s a new sheriff in town and he’s not one to coddle the very ideology that has exacted more deadly religious attacks than any other in history.
Shortly after Trump wrapped up his first 9/11 tribute speech on Monday, any freedom-loving American listening likely agreed with his powerful address, which not only commemorated the victims and first responders but included one key detail that Obama’s cringe-worthy orations never encompassed.
During his final September 11 address before leaving office, Obama’s speech was littered with references to “diversity” and “love,” literally dividing up Americans based on “color,” “religion,” and “background” instead of uniting them and absurdly perpetuating that citizens need more “love” to prevent deadly terror attacks. Trump’s speech, on the other hand, repeatedly called for “unity” instead of diversity and firmly warned terrorists that they will not defeat America but will be hunted down in every “dark corner.”
Obama Sept. 11, 2016: “We come together in prayer and in gratitude for the strength that has fortified us across these 15 years. And we renew the love and the faith that binds us together as one American family,” he said. “For we know that our diversity—our patchwork heritage—is not a weakness; it is still, and always will be, one of our greatest strengths,” he added. “This is the America that was attacked that September morning. This is the America that we must remain true to.”
Trump Sept. 11, 2017: “The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit,” Trump said. “But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle. We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach,” the president said. “When America is united, no force on earth can break us apart,” he added.
It was easy to hear the differences between the 2 leaders’ addresses, especially their responses to evil Islamic terrorists. While Obama often spent his tours comforting Muslims who adhere to an ideology that invokes violence and oppression, Trump has reiterated that they will not receive a pass, especially considering that they are an incredibly tiny minority yet still commit almost all terror attacks in the U.S.
While Trump promised that his administration would fight to “keep our people safe” by whatever means necessary, Obama seemed to place the burden of protection on Americans, reminding them that they are responsible for coming together against evil “ideologies” and destroying hate, almost as if to say that showing love to Islamic jihadists will prevent bombs, shootings, and planes flying into buildings.
Additionally, Trump referenced recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, applauding the nation’s willingness to help “Americans in need” and “pull together.” However, Obama’s remarks seemed critical of Americans at times, urging them to not allow deadly attacks to forge allegedly false beliefs about what he often labeled a “peaceful” religion.
Aside from visiting numerous Islamic centers and assuring them that the government would be cracking down on anti-Islamic bigotry, Obama never once entered a church or synagogue to reiterate that Christians or Jews would be protected from the threat of Islamic terror attacks, which exclusively target unbelievers. As even so-called moderate Muslims convey, Obama embodied the idea that criticism of Islam is far worse than deadly Islamic terror attacks, which he perpetuated during a visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore in February 2016.
“Most Americans don’t necessarily know, or at least don’t know that they know, a Muslim personally. And as a result, many only hear about Muslims and Islam from the news after an act of terrorism, or in distorted media portrayals in TV or film, all of which gives this hugely distorted impression,” Obama said. “And since 9/11 but more recently since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, you’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith. And of course, recently we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric about Muslim Americans that has no place in our country.”
Of course, one of Obama’s most offensive speeches came in April 2010 as he confessed his support for a $100-million mosque to be built just 2 blocks from Ground Zero.
“As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country,” he said. “That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan in accordance with local laws and ordinances,” he added. “This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable.”
As a final blow to the thousands who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks, Obama vetoed legislation that would allow victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia for their involvement. Obama then claimed that he would “assist” the grieving families but contradicted his promise when he defended the Saudi regime, alleging that there’s not enough proof of “culpability of individual foreign governments and their role in terrorist activities directed against the United States.”
While Obama is more than bold enough to criticize Trump for cracking down on Muslims who adhere to their religion’s violent commands, he certainly couldn’t muster any negativity toward the one group responsible for committing mass murder in the name of Allah. Hopefully, President Trump will not only continue to fight Islamic terror but also crack down on those remaining in his administration who agree with Obama’s soft approach and pathetic pandering.