One of the most stirring moments of President Donald Trump's inaugural address Friday was his promise to "eradicate" the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism from the planet.
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones," Trump said, "and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.”
The Republican commander-in-chief seemed to enunciate the words "radical Islamic terrorism" with particular emphasis, as if to stamp out the reluctance of former President Barack Obama to say that phrase during his time in office.
As you might expect, the crowd cheered and clapped at Trump's assertion.
The loud approval wasn't lost on British journalist Laura Penny, however, who chronicled the moment by calling Trump's speech "terrifying."
This is a terrifying speech. The biggest cheer of all came when Trump promised to wipe out 'Islamic' terrorism. #TrumpInauguration— Laurie Penny (@Laurie Penny) 1484932522.0
Twitter users didn't take kindly to Penny's assessment:
Someone please inform @PennyRed about all the gays being thrown off buildings & women being raped by Radical Islamic terrorists!— Kayla Martz (@Kayla Martz) 1484937871.0
@PennyRed how is that scary those scumbags need to die— Huncho Josh (@Huncho Josh) 1484934000.0
She later took issue with the backlash:
Of course I'm not a supporter of any sort of terrorism. What an idiotic thing to suggest. https://t.co/7FbrVrsCPn— Laurie Penny (@Laurie Penny) 1484934078.0
Anyone who thinks I'm somehow in favour of Islamic terrorism is willfully misreading. I'm not. Go find your scapegoats elsewhere.— Laurie Penny (@Laurie Penny) 1484945787.0
Folks weren't buying it, though.
@Regressipedia @PennyRed don't forget cultural/moral relativism— Daniel Scarpa [stranger] 🇷🇴 (@Daniel Scarpa [stranger] 🇷🇴) 1484945985.0
Penny attempted to further clarify things in a reply to another user, saying she "found it scary that Islamic terrorism was framed as the enemy, rather than terrorism in general. U.S. has plenty."
@EqualistWolf I found it scary that Islamic terrorism was framed as the enemy, rather than terrorism in general. US has plenty.— Laurie Penny (@Laurie Penny) 1484945956.0
It didn't make much of a dent:
@PennyRed Laurie, to deny that Islamic Terrorism is the only truly topical terrorism plaguing our world is intellectually dishonest.— Equalist Wolf (@Equalist Wolf) 1484946040.0
@PennyRed Unless you consider the Liberals trashing D.C. today to be Terrorists. In which case, you've got a fair argument.— Equalist Wolf (@Equalist Wolf) 1484946088.0