In the wake of a terrorist gunman’s rampage that killed 49 people in Orlando, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a response to the “absolute war” being waged against America, including stepped-up surveillance “looking at the mosques.”
“There’s never been anything to this extent where we have people – we don’t know who they are,” Trump told Fox & Friends Monday.
“It’s absolute war, but we don’t have uniforms,” he said, calling for a more active policy to root out radicals in America’s Muslim communities.
“We have to be very strong in terms of looking at the mosques,” he said. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to do that, Oh, we don’t want to do that.’ We’re beyond that,” Trump said.
Trump said Omar Mateen, who pledged support for ISIS during the Orlando massacre, “was sick with hate.”
“You have many, many people, thousands of people already in our country that are sick with hate. And people that are around, Muslims, know who they are largely. They know who they are. They have to turn them in,” he said.
Trump said not only do Muslims need to do more, so does the government.
“We’re not getting the right intelligence,” he said. “We need a stronger intelligence community. And the only way we can do that in this case, having to do with radical Islamic terror, and that’s the point. Obama won’t do that because he doesn’t want to single out this group.”
Trump criticized Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for being too weak to address the problem of terrorism.
“She’s just following his exact line. She won’t utter the words either — radical Islam — she won’t even utter the words. He won’t utter the words,” he said.
“We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he’s got something else in mind. And the ‘something else in mind’ — people can’t believe it. He doesn’t get it. Or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other,” Trump said.
Trump also focused on his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.
“You have thousands of shooters like this with the same mentality out there in this country. And we’re bringing thousands and thousands of them back into this country, and into the country every year. We’re allowing them to come in,” he said. “I’m talking about people coming in from Syria, where we have no idea who they are. We have no idea as to paperwork, as to where they came from. This could be the all-time great Trojan horse.”
“I don’t know how many people are going to end up dying from this, but [it’s] no different than this maniac that just did this to us yesterday,” Trump said.
Later on ABC’s Good Morning America, Trump urged “a ban on people coming in from Syria, coming in from different parts of the world with this philosophy that it so hateful.”
h/t: The Daily Mail