Obama Calls Terrorists 'Folks,' Targeting of Jews in Paris 'Random'
In a recent interview with Vox, President Obama was asked about the threat of terrorism and not only did he characterize the deadly attack on a kosher deli in Paris as "random," he equated terrorism with street crime.
"It is entirely appropriate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you've got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris," Obama said in the interview. "It is right and legitimate for us to be vigilant and aggressive in trying to deal with that, the same way that a big city mayor has got to cut the crime rate down if he wants that city to thrive."
Steve Doocy pointed out that interview was not the first time the president has downplayed terrorism. When discussing in a press conference last August the enhanced interrogation techniques used at Guantanamo Bay, Obama referred to detainees with ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban as "folks."
The president's former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made similar comments when discussing the Benghazi terror attack in a Senate hearing in January 2013, calling the terrorists who murdered four Americans "guys."
Eric Bolling pointed out that while Obama and those around him minimize terror and terrorists, King Abdullah II of Jordan leapt into action and even led airstrikes himself when ISIS burned a Jordanian Air Force pilot alive.
"See the difference in signals you're sending to the terrorists?" Bolling asked. "Who are they afraid of?"
Watch the "Fox and Friends" clip above and see the full Vox interview with Obama below.