Coming as it did on the eve of the Republican convention.
Well, it cannot help but give him a boost. America has always looked to immediate answers to complex problems
and Trump, for better or worse, offers immediate answers.
One cannot help but contrast the difference between the French and American leadership. The French have no difficulty labeling radical Islamic terrorists as such. Obama on the other hand can't/won't. Terrorists yes, Islamic terrorists no, not on your nelly. And by taking that line Obama is handing Trump a bludgeon to hit Hillary over the head with. The 'soft of terrorism' line does resonate and, post Brussels and Orlando and Nice, it will resonate more.
I say again, Trump offers simple answers to complex problems and I suspect that right now 'fear' is a good breeding ground for simple answers.
You cannot label all Muslims as terrorists any more than you can label all Roman Catholics in Ireland at the time of the 'troubles' as IRA terrorists. Radical Islam ... yes, and you need to call them out as perverting a religion for their own warped ends and work with the majority moderate faction to isolate them and defeat them. That is the 'long game'.
I suspect Americans will find it difficult to play the long game and that is why Trump will be a net beneficiary from all of this.
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