Donald Trump said on Friday he won the election by saying that he would “never” use the term “radical Islam.”
Trump made the comment at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, and said the media should stop trying to “debase” the country by using the term.
“We’re gonna be doing it with words, with words that nobody’s ever heard before,” he said.
“We’re going to be calling it what it is, and we’re gonna do it with a very powerful, powerful word, and the word is radical Islamic.
And we’re not gonna use the words anymore.”
The term was coined by former President Barack Obama, who said in 2015 that “radical Muslims” are “the most dangerous people on Earth.”
Trump, who won the presidency with nearly 70 percent of the vote, has since continued to use the phrase in his campaign speeches.
He has used the term in the past in response to criticism he has called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and in his presidential address in January.
“There are so many words that have been used, they’re like a curse word.
But we’re going back to what we always used, radical Islamic terrorism, because it is what it really is,” Trump said.”
And the word radical is not bad.
It is a great word, because you know what?
I like radical.
I think it’s wonderful.”