President Obama Says Orlando Attack Was ‘Homegrown Extremism’

Barack Obama Orlando Shooting
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President Barack Obama said that authorities have found “no clear evidence” that the gunman in the Orlando shooting massacre was “directed externally,” even though he pledged allegiance to ISIL “at the last minute.”

Speaking in the Oval Office on Monday, Obama said that there is “no evidence that he was part of a larger plot.”

“This is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been concerned about for a very long time,” Obama said.

The gunman, Omar Mateen, reportedly declared allegiance to ISIL in a 911 call before or during the shootings early on Sunday morning at a gay nightclub. He killed 49 people and injured dozens of others.

Mateen was born in New York and later moved to Florida.

Obama did not rule out that Mateen could have been inspired by ISIL propaganda.

“One of the biggest challenges we are going to have is this kind of propaganda and perversions of Islam you see generated on the Internet,” Obama said, noting its influence on “troubled individuals motivated to take actions.”

He noted that it appeared that the gunman was able to purchase a weapon and “just carry it out of the store,” but warned against a debate that framed the tragedy as gun control versus terrorism.

The FBI had reportedly investigated Mateen in the past for connections to extremist groups.

He said that “the fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get alerted that someone they are watching has purchased a gun, and if they do get alerted, sometimes hard to stop them from getting a gun, is crazy.”

“My concern is we start getting into a debate, as we have in the past, with an either/or debate,” he said.

“It is not either/or, it is a ‘both and,'” he said.

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  1. Chuck says:

    Nothing “home grown” about it, imported straight from Afganistan one generation ago.

  2. Nanny Mo says:

    But ISIS is taking credit and his local Imam is calling for the death of gay Americans? I’m starting to think our President is “not a bright bulb.” I’m also thinking he wants Trump to win by being so dim and sounding so dumb, unless he really is, and then the prez shouldn’t be sitting in the big chair at all.

  3. JOE S HILL says:

    “Homegrown Extremism”,,,,really? but then,what can one expect from an Islamic sympathizing US President,who has shown his true colors,like the Gay Rainbow,instead of honestly addressing the real actions of this jihadist killer,who is another example of “Radical Islamists” willing to kill in the name of Allah-another serious lie from our soon to be departing president,who has seven and a half months in office left,and he has the balls to call this shooting and shooter a Homegrown Extremist,,what bullshit!!
    some Gay people were innocently shot down and murdered-and while all the Gay sympathy starts to pour in from the liberal media and it’s PC supporters,they still fail to understand that this was the actions of a radical jihadist,whose main objective here,is to KILL all Americans,while our flawed and lying CIC attempts to deflect the truth about killers like these,and calls it Homegrown Extremism-that’s the last lie from Obama,that should’ve gotten his ass thrown out of office! the next time another of these jihadists strikes,it won’t be at Gays,,it’ll likely be a bigger target,and it won’t be the act of Homegrown Extremists as Obama suggests,,and the sooner that he’s removed from office,the better!!

  4. InspectorClouseu says:

    And the plot thickens…… Orlando city had a 52 million dollar deficit. Care to wager that debt is no more???

  5. That is a lie. What else would one expect from Obama? Muslims hate gays. Obama hates gays too by simply calling the Quran Holy respecting that book.

    • I cannot see Obama as gay. Trump sees the truth. He says it like it is. Obama is denying the truth that is in front of him like a fake moderate Muslim. He is protecting Islam at all costs.

    • cadavra says:

      Waiddaminute. You people keep saying Obama is gay. How can he hate gays if he’s one himself? MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!

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