Republican presidential candidates sounded universal alarm over President Barack Obama’s attempt last night to project calm and confidence in the face of the threat of terrorism following last week’s massacre in California, the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, Politico reports. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said, “I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans.” Rubio slammed Obama for his cynicism, criticizing the president’s call to reject discrimination, in particular, of Muslim Americans. Rubio asked, “Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims?” He faulted Obama’s “refusal to call this for what it is: a war on radical Islam.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz vowed to “direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS” and pledged to “shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country.” He said that nothing Obama said will help in either case. Ben Carson called Obama’s speech “strange that it took four days from the attack to respond and even more strange that somehow the attack on our soil is proof his policies are working.” Jeb Bush said Obama should have called for the reinstatement of the NSA’s bulk phone metadata collection, which expired days before the San Bernardino attack. Republican leader Donald Trump supported the idea of tracking Muslims, saying, “I think there can be profiling,” adding, “A lot of people are dead right now. So everybody wants to be politically correct, and that’s part of the problem that we have with our country.