Obama Mocks GOP On Refugee Rhetoric: They’re ‘Scared of 3-Year-Old Orphans’ (VIDEO)

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President Obama has once again called out Republicans for engaging in abject hysteria and fear-mongering about Syrian refugees.

The president spoke on Tuesday evening after a meeting with the Australian prime minister in the Philippines. Obama called the rhetoric from Republicans “offensive” and accused them of “political posturing.”

He noted, “We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic. We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”

Over twenty Republican governors have gone on record as disapproving the effort to bring Syrian war refugees to America, even though legally they can’t oppose the federal government’s plan to place people after their backgrounds have been checked.

Republican presidential candidates like Senators Ted Cruz have also proposed measures that would bar Muslim refugees from entering the United States.

Obama addressed this mindset, saying, “When individuals say we should have a religious test and that only Christians, ‘proven’ Christians should be admitted, that’s offensive.”

ISIS has stated that they want to sow discord between Muslims and the West, and between the Islamic faith and Christianity. A goal not unnoticed by President Obama as he said, “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate.”

He got to the heart of just how absurd the Republicans running for President are acting while insisting that they are tough guys: “Apparently they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America,” adding, “At first they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans. That doest seem so tough to me.”

Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton echoed Obama’s point of view, saying “We’ve seen a lot of hateful rhetoric from the GOP. But the idea that we’d turn away refugees because of religion is a new low.”

Senator Bernie Sanders sounded a similar note: “We will not turn our backs on the refugees who are fleeing Syria and Afghanistan. We will do what we do best and that is be Americans – fighting racism, fighting xenophobia, fighting fear.”

Watch President Obama’s comments below:

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info