Breitbart News on Monday criticized President Trump and several top members of his administration for failing to call out “radical Islamic terrorism” during their speeches marking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The conservative website's lead story called out Trump, Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis The US can't go back to business as usual with Pakistan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThose predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold The metaverse is coming — society should be wary MORE for not mentioning the phrase during their remarks.
The website said Trump “seemingly went out of his way” to not say “radical Islamic terrorism” and noted several other phrases Trump used, including “terrorists who attacked us” and “horrible, horrible enemies.”
During his speech, Trump said he would honor the sacrifice of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, by doing “whatever we must to keep our people safe.”
“The terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit,” he said. “But America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will soon join the list of vanquished enemies who dared to test our mettle.”
Breitbart also hit Pence for referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as ISIS instead of its full name, and Mattis for “not even using the words ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorism.’ ”
Trump repeatedly used the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” during his 2016 presidential campaign and frequently criticized former President Obama for not using the term, arguing that not using the term empowered terrorists.
Breitbart has ramped up its criticism of Trump’s White House in recent weeks, in the wake of former chief strategist Stephen Bannon's departure from the White House and return to Breitbart.
In the days after Stephen Bannon left, Breitbart’s homepage featured several news and opinion pieces critical of Trump.
The media outlet also went after national security adviser H.R. McMaster in an article just two days after Bannon returned to the website.
The former chief strategist returned to Breitbart News immediately after leaving the White House. At the time, Breitbart’s Washington editor praised the move, saying Breitbart had “its captain back.”
“We’ve been a pirate ship without a captain for a year,” Matthew Boyle said on Breitbart's Sirius XM show, adding, “We’re thrilled to have our captain back.”