During a recent memorial service for the five U.S. military service members killed last month in Chattanooga, Vice President Joe Biden squarely addressed the radical Islamic teachings believed to have inspired shooting suspect Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
“These perverse ideologues, warped theocrats,” Biden said, “they may be able to inspire a single lone wolf to commit a savage act; but they can never, never threaten who we are.”
He went on to describe Abdulazeez in a direct manner missing from Barack Obama’s rhetoric.
“When this perverted jihadist struck,” he said, “everyone responded.”
The message obviously resonated with a wide array of social media users.
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The Associated Press, however, earned some criticism when its edited version of Biden’s remarks notably excluded the phrase “perverted jihadist.”
Obama, on the other hand, has been criticized by the likes of notable lawman David Clarke Jr., who said the president gave a “shoulder shrug” to the incident because none of the victims “look like [Trayvon] Martin.”
Biden went on to offer not only his condolences to those who lost loved ones in the attack, but a message of hope for America’s future.
“This country has and still stands with you,” he said, “and it will remember what you’ve done. It will remember and remind everyone who we are at our best.”
He had “a message for those perverted cowards around the world,” informing them that “America never yields, never bends, never cowers, never stands down, endures, responds, and always overcomes; for we are Americans, and never underestimate us.”
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