Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) thinks that the speech in which President Barack Obama laid out his strategy for combating the Islamic State may have contained the “single dumbest thing an American President has ever said.”
Duncan was referring to Obama’s remark that “ISIL is not Islamic.” Obama then went on to say that “no religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”
"'The Islamic State is not Islamic' might just be single dumbest thing an American President has ever said,” Duncan wrote on his Facebook page on Sept. 11, the day after Obama's speech. “I was disappointed in the President's remarks and disheartened that he took an issue that could have generated strong bipartisan agreement but instead presented us with a plan that raises many concerns. In my opinion, the President's speech on combating ISIS was 'JV' at best.”
While Duncan dismissed Obama’s speech, several Republicans have voiced support for the president’s plan to fight the terrorist organization. Last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged Congress to support key elements of Obama’s plan for targeting ISIS.
“We ought to give the president what he’s asking for," Boehner told reporters last week.