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Conservatives Continue To Claim That Obama Refuses To Say The Words ‘Terror’ Or ‘Terrorism’

By Matt Corley  

"Conservatives Continue To Claim That Obama Refuses To Say The Words ‘Terror’ Or ‘Terrorism’"

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On Monday, ThinkProgress pointed out how conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) were complaining that President Obama and his administration are not “willing to use the word” terror — a claim that is refuted by Obama’s own statements and speeches. But the right-wing meme persists.

In response to Obama’s remarks yesterday on the Christmas Day plot, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) whined that “he still refuses to use the word ‘terrorism.’” Fox and Friends this morning featured two chyrons claiming that the administration avoids the word “terror”:

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Asked on MSNBC this morning to defend the GOP’s rush to politicize the attempted terrorist attack, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said it was justified because President Obama “can’t call a thing what it is.” Steele then claimed that Obama denies that what America is dealing with “writ large is terrorism, a war on terror, and what we’re dealing with individually is a terrorist.” Watch it:

The conservatives’ semantic attack is all the more ridiculous considering that in Obama’s statement yesterday, he made eight references to terrorism, terrorists and counterterrorism.

Update

Asked on Good Morning America today for a “specific recommendation” for the president, King said “I think one main thing would be to — just himself to use the word terrorism more often.”

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