The New Arab: Trump’s condemnation of Charlottesville was too little too late

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During the 2016 US Presidential Campaign, then Republican candidate Donald Trump condemned President Barack Obama and the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, for what he called their failure to call terrorism, carried about by Muslims, as “radical Islamic terrorism”.

“If it is radical Islamic terrorism, it’s about time he [Obama] said so. If it’s radical Islamic terrorism, he ought to say it. People would sigh with relief if he said that,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News the morning of the Nice, France terrorist attack.

Trump made it a regular point on the campaign trail and during presidential debates of chiding those who would not use his language on the issue. Many pundits criticised Trump for this because they believe that using the word “Islamic” which covers all of those who follow the religion, puts Muslims around the world, especially in the US, in great danger.

Trump, however, defended his choice, maintaining it was critical to call this terrorism by name.

Yet, on 12 August when white nationalist James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others, President Trump decided he would not call the murder an act of terrorism.

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