On Tuesday, NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett, no fan of President Trump, had an interesting reaction when the president, speaking in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United 93 crashed on 9/11, referred to “the menace of radical Islamic terrorism.” Bennett called Trump’s terminology a “controversial campaign catchphrase.””
Trump in Shanksville talks of U.S. troops fighting “the menace of radical Islamic terrorism” — a controversial campaign catchphrase he didn’t use in last year’s 9/11 observance
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) September 11, 2018
The idea that referring to “radical Islamic terrorism” would be controversial when used in conjunction with 9/11 when radical Islamic terrorists murdered nearly 3,000 Americans, is disgusting enough, but then to try to denigrate Trump’s remarks as a “catchphrase” (meaning a phrase that is recognizable because it is uttered repeatedly), does grave disservice because Trump is using absolutely precise language to describe a terrifyingly real threat.
On Sunday, Bennett displayed his animus toward the president in this tweet:
President Trump is on the defensive across multiple fronts — with the Woodward book, the anonymous New York Times op-ed, and former President Obama all offering up scathing indictments, casting him as unfit for office. Here's more of our reporting for @MSNBC: pic.twitter.com/QhBna6VRjN
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) September 9, 2018
To limn the president as being on the defensive simply because a disgruntled staffer wrote an op-ed (anonymously, no less), and a former failed president had to thrust himself into the limelight, is a bit of a stretch.
Sometimes the pettiness of Bennett’s dislike of Trump is palpable:
This tweet correcting the initial one, in which the president misspelled the First Lady's name: "Melanie is feeling and doing really well." –> https://t.co/oMSN1fkXnf
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) May 19, 2018
For his remarks about Trump and radical Islamic terrorism, Bennett was called out on Twitter:
In a sane world, saying "radical Islamic terrorism" in context of an attack in which 3,000 Americans were massacred by Muslim terrorists should in no way be considered "controversial." https://t.co/wFlTwZWaoS
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) September 11, 2018
There is nothing controversial about saying "radical Islamic terrorism." The legacy media does not get to decide what language is and is not acceptable.https://t.co/8UBW4UZ4NM
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) September 11, 2018