**Written by Doug Powers
At a press conference in Turkey at the G20 summit, President Obama got increasingly irritated with reporters who dared bring up his past references to ISIS as the “JV team.” But Obama reserved his harshest comments for
the Islamic terrorists who murdered nearly 130 people in Paris Republicans in America who are opposed to bringing thousands of Syrian refugees to the U.S.:
President Obama on Monday ripped Republican critics of the White House’s plan to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S. who have suggested that authorities use religion as a litmus test for who is and is not granted entry.
“When I hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the Christians but not the Muslims, when I hear political leaders suggesting that there would be a religious test for which person who’s fleeing from a war-torn country is admitted, when some of those folks themselves come from families who benefited from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that’s shameful,” Obama said during a wide-ranging speech at the G20 Summit in Turkey about his plan to allow vetted Syrian refugees into the country. “That’s not American, it’s not who we are.”
“I think it is very important for us right now, particularly those who are in leadership, particularly those who have a platform and can be heard, not to fall into that trap, not to feed that dark impulse inside of us,” he added.
At least one of the Paris terrorists got there by reportedly posing as a Syrian refugee and used a fake passport. Obviously Obama believes being concerned that it could happen again is “not American.” Obama will just have to try and find it in his heart to understand why people aren’t fully comforted by assurances from the guy who said “if you like your plan you can keep it” and “ISIS is contained.”
Here’s the entire press conference, after which several of the straw men Obama used in his arguments were spotted applying for asylum in neighboring countries. At about the 42 minute mark is where Obama begins to scold the real problem in all this — Republicans:
Conundrum about Obama saying the opinion of some Republicans is “not American”: By “America,” is he referring to the country as it was founded, or the “fundamentally transformed” version he promised to usher in?
**Written by Doug Powers
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