In a rare prime-time address Sunday evening, President Obama called last week's shooting in San Bernardino, California, an "act of terrorism" and outlined his plan to fight the terror threat abroad and at home, calling for a reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban and a ban of people who are on no-fly lists from purchasing firearms.
"The threat from terrorism is real," President Obama said, "but we will overcome it":
We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won’t depend on tough talk or abandoning our values or giving into fear. That’s what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart. Resilient and relentless. And by drawing upon every aspect of American power.
While the President addressed the nation from the Oval Office, one man seeking to replace him gave a real time rebuttal, of sorts, via social media. Donald Trump, ever the business man, heavily promoted his Sunday evening Twitter session ahead of the President's address:
Before the speech began, Trump encouraged his supporters to share their hot takes in 140 characters or less for a chance to be retweeted to his more than five million followers, although it became evident that most his followers snoozed through Obama's speech:
Trump offered a few thoughts of his own he shared live:
Ultimately, The Donald was left disappointed by the brevity of Obama's speech and found the aesthetics lacking, leading to this assessment from a supporter:
Watch President Obama's Oval Office address on ISIL below:
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