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GOP Congressman Is Still Obsessed With Obama’s Childhood

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)

Six years into his presidency, the GOP’s obsession with President Obama’s adolescence continues unabated.

The latest iteration comes via Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who appeared on The Matt Murphy Show Tuesday morning, who invoked Obama’s childhood in Indonesia to explain why Obama is not using the term “radical Islam” to describe terrorism.

Though birtherism may be all but dead in conservative circles, for the final two years of Obama’s presidency, new theories like this about Obama’s adolescent education may take its place.

Murphy asked the Alabama congressman why Obama “refuses to clearly identify the enemy we’re fighting” as “radical Islam.” He then declared that “radical Islam” is “the nicest way you can put it. The only other way to put it is, it’s Islam generally.”

Brooks agreed, offering a theory why Obama prefers not to use the term “radical Islam.”

“It’s probably an unfortunate byproduct of the days when he was in a Muslim school being taught that Islam is a religion of peace,” he said. “And the president bought into it to such a degree that he does not seem to recognize that there are elements of Islam that are very violent.”

As a result, he continued, “This president is exhibiting weakness and that is putting America at risk.” Brooks wrapped up by accusing Obama of employing “a policy that tends to encourage attacks on the United States of America rather than discourage them.”

Listen to it:

Brooks is repeating an emerging conservative trope that Obama is undermining national security by regusing to use the term “radical Islam.”

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. A tiny, minute fraction have engaged in terrorism, and when they do, their actions are widely and repeatedly condemned by Muslim leaders around the world.

Obama has avoided legitimizing terrorists’ actions with any grounding in Islam because, as he told Fareed Zakaria, “the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject that interpretation of Islam. They don’t even recognize it as being Islam.”