Rep. Mark Amodei is not taking Obama’s chiding of those in Congress who are calling for a pause in the rush to bring Syrian refugees to America in stride, but is instead giving as well as he is getting.
While in the Philippines Obama angrily accused Republicans of being most “potent recruitment tool” for Islamic State.
“I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate,” Obama said.
“When candidates say we should not admit 3-year-old orphans, that’s political posturing,” Obama continued in his belittling tone. “When individuals say we should have religious tests, and only Christians, proven Christians, should be allowed, that’s offensive and contrary to American values.”
Amodei released the following statement:
“Americans are compassionate people, but it is not unreasonable to ask the Administration to take measures to ensure our compassion is not exploited. Protecting Americans is paramount and this is an obvious vulnerability. It is not xenophobic to say so and I resent the implication.
“With all due respect, when the President has regularly downplayed the threat of ISIS and Al Qaeda, only to be proven wrong time and again, what has he done to warrant the benefit of the doubt? Congress has the obligation to provide oversight and halt these plans until the necessary security precautions are in place.
“While it is not my preference to engage in political wordsmithing, frankly, given his comments over the past few days, it seems the President reserves greater disdain for his political opponents than he does those responsible for the deaths of thousands at home and abroad, the atrocities in Paris, beheadings, burnings, and the enslavement of women and minors. To suggest that Members of Congress and other American citizens who express concern over a legitimate threat are somehow a recruiting tool for ISIS is disgusting and about the least Presidential thing I’ve seen out of an already disappointing, JV Administration.”
JV Administration … nice touch.
Amodei and Nevada Rep. Joe Heck were among the signers of a letter to Obama on this topic.