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Trump's Bluster About Radical Islam Helps Radical Islam

What's so brave about insulting crucial Muslim allies?
Why insult these guys?

Why insult these guys?

Photographer: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images

If past is prelude, then the massacre in Orlando this weekend will benefit Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency. As the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has boasted, he gained significant support in December when a husband-and-wife jihadist duo shot up a government building in San Bernardino, California.

Now Trump is crowing. His tweets and interviews since the shooting are a series of told-ya-so’s. He is quite pleased with himself for observing that President Barack Obama doesn’t call these mass shootings “radical Islamic terrorism.”