Trump aide rips Obama’s past praise of Islam
© Screengrab

A top aide to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE on Monday slammed President Obama for previously lauding Islam’s cultural contributions.

“Something is going on,” spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said on Fox News’s “The Kelly File" Monday night, one day after the deadliest mass shooting in American history. "Even today President Obama refused to even say the words ‘radical Islam.' Why do we have a president who refuses to say 'radical Islam?' We just had Americans butchered, murdered by radical Islam.

ADVERTISEMENT

“This is also a president who has gone out there in public speeches and said civilization owes ‘a debt’ to Islam. What does that mean?”

Pierson’s remarks come amid national debate over the role of Islam in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 and injured 53 more early Sunday morning.

Authorities have since identified the attacker as Omar Mateen, 29, following his death in a shootout with responding police officers. Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during the bloodshed. Trump on Monday cast doubt over Obama’s commitment to fighting radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the massacre.

“We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he’s got something else on his mind,” he said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”

“And the something else in mind, you know, people can’t believe it, people cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism,'" the GOP’s de facto presidential nominee added. "There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”

Trump on Sunday also suggested Obama should “step down” for refusing to attribute the Orlando rampage to radical Islam.

Obama celebrated Islam’s impact on education and progress during a visit to Cairo University in June 2009.

“As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam,” he said. "It was Islam — at places like Al-Azhar — that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment.

"And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality."