After President Obama condemned the attacks in Paris, France, calling the attacks “terror” and an “attack on all humanity,” right-wing media personalities immediately attacked Obama, in particular for not criticizing Islam.
President Obama Condemns Attacks in Paris, France
President Obama: “Paris Attack Is An Attack On All Humanity.” On November 13, President Obama delivered remarks on multiple attacks in Paris, France. Obama condemned the attacks and expressed support for France saying, “This is an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share” (emphasis added):
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good evening, everybody. I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight. Once again, we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it's an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.
We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need to respond. France is our oldest ally. The French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. And we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
Paris itself represents the timeless values of human progress. Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people's commitment to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of liberté and égalité and fraternité are not only values that the French people care so deeply about, but they are values that we share. And those values are going to endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening.
We're going to do whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice, and to go after any terrorist networks that go after our people.
We don't yet know all the details of what has happened. We have been in contact with French officials to communicate our deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, to offer our prayers and thoughts to those who have been wounded. We have offered our full support to them. The situation is still unfolding. I've chosen not to call President Hollande at this time, because my expectation is that he's very busy at the moment. I actually, by coincidence, was talking to him earlier today in preparation for the G20 meeting. But I am confident that I'll be in direct communications with him in the next few days, and we'll be coordinating in any ways that they think are helpful in the investigation of what's happened.
This is a heartbreaking situation. And obviously those of us here in the United States know what it's like. We've gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves. And whenever these kinds of attacks happened, we've always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner, and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion.
I'm sure that in the days ahead we'll learn more about exactly what happened, and my teams will make sure that we are in communication with the press to provide you accurate information. I don't want to speculate at this point in terms of who was responsible for this. It appears that there may still be live activity and dangers that are taking place as we speak. And so until we know from French officials that the situation is under control, and we have for more information about it, I don't want to speculate.
Thank you very much. [The White House, White House Briefing Room, 11/13/15]
Right Wing Media Immediately Condemn President Obama's Remarks
Breitbart's Ben Shapiro: “No Mention by President Obama Of The Islamic Nature Of The Attacks.” Breitbart.com's editor-at-large Ben Shapiro immediately criticized President Obama's response to the Paris attacks, claiming “no mention by President Obama of the Islamic nature of the attacks. That would be offensive” :
No mention by President Obama of the Islamic nature of the attacks. That would be offensive. https://t.co/ENM3glAZf7
-- Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 13, 2015
Breitbart's Joel Pollak: Obama Won't Call The Paris Attacks “Islamist.” Following President Obama's statements on the Paris attacks, Brietbart.com editor Joel Pollack tweeted “Obama won't call the #Paris #terror attacks ” Islamist", but was perfectly willing to politicize #umpqua when barely over & cause uncertain":
-- Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) November 13, 2015
Conservative Author Michelle Malkin: “What Could Nobel Prize-Winning Workplace Violence Whitewasher-In-Chief Possibly Contribute To This Moment?” Conservative author and columnist Michelle Malkin responded to President Obama's condemnation of the Paris attacks by tweeting “Really? What could Nobel Prize-winning Workplace Violence Whitewasher-in-Chief possibly contribute at this moment?”
Really? What could Nobel Prize-winning Workplace Violence Whitewasher-in-Chief possibly contribute at this moment? https://t.co/jtCA1sfuoU
-- Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) November 13, 2015
RedState's Erick Erickson: “Christians, Get Ready. After Today In Paris I Give It Less Than A Week Before Obama Lectures Us Again About The Crusades.” Immediately after President Obama condemned the Paris terror attacks, RedState editor-in-chief and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson tweeted “Christians, get ready. After today in Paris I give it less than a week before Obama lectures us again about the Crusades” :
Christians, get ready. After today in Paris I give it less than a week before Obama lectures us again about the Crusades.
-- Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 13, 2015
Fox's Charles Payne: “Feckless Leadership Making Nation Weak And Sitting Ducks.” Fox News' Charles Payne criticized President Obama's remarks on the Paris terror attacks, tweeting “I am so worried and so angry...feckless leadership making nation weak and sitting ducks” :
I am so worried and so angry...feckless leadership making nation weak and sitting ducks https://t.co/l2osh5s9Wp
-- Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) November 13, 2015
Media Research Center's Dan Gainor: Obama Isn't “Actually Standing Up To
#Islamic Terrorism Or Ever Even Saying It.” The Media Research Center's Dan Gainor responded to President Obama's statement with a tweet saying Obama will support France “As long as it doesn't mean actually standing up to #Islamic terrorism or ever even saying it” :
-- Dan Gainor (@dangainor) November 13, 2015
Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft: "OBAMA Makes Statement on Bloody Paris Terrorist Attacks -- WON'T MENTION ISLAM." The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft immediately criticized President Obama's statements on the Paris terror attacks, criticizing Obama for not mentioning Islam:
-- Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) November 13, 2015