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Donald Trump to President Obama: Say the Magic Words or Resign

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

Donald Trump to President Obama: Say the Magic Words or Resign

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The Right Honorable Donald J. Trump Sunday called for the immediate resignation of President Barack Obama.

In a tweet, within hours of the horrific mass murder in Florida committed by ISIS-sympathizer Omar Mateen, Trump tweeted:

"Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn't he should immediately resign in disgrace!"

President Obama has not yet said whether he will comply with either of Trump's demands to use the three-word phrase Trump prefers or to resign. To my knowledge, Obama has, so far, rudely, not responded to the choices Trump has offered him.

Only one U.S. president has ever resigned, and that was after it became clear that he, President Richard Nixon, was going to impeached. For Obama to resign over a linguistic disagreement would lower the bar for presidential resignations.

Ironically, in embracing the demand for the particular phrase -- "radical Islamic terrorism" -- Trump is borrowing a page from the playbook of one of his fallen competitors for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. …

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