Trump demands tougher domestic surveillance of mosques, asks for Obama to resign, and says Hillary Clinton is ‘almost like a maniac’ for avoiding mention of Islamic terrorism in the wake of Orlando massacre.
UK Daily Mail Donald Trump said Monday that Islamic terrorists are waging ‘an absolute war’ on America, and the U.S. needs more robust intelligence-gathering abilities – beginning with ‘looking at the mosques’ where some terrorists and would-be terrorists are radicalized.
‘There’s never been anything to this extent where we have people – we don’t know who they are,’ the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting said on the ‘Fox & Friends’ program. ‘It’s absolute war, but we don’t have uniforms,’ he said, previewing a policy speech planned for New Hampshire in the afternoon.
The United States, he said, should dramatically ramp up a domestic intelligence operation aimed at rooting out radicals in America’s Muslim communities, including the houses of worship that sometimes double as terrorism organizing spaces.
‘We have to be very strong in terms of looking at the mosques,’ he said, while complaining that ‘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 declared.
A lone gunman who swore allegiance to the ISIS terror army opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Saturday night, killing 49 people and wounding dozens of others.
‘That man yesterday was sick with hate,’ Trump said. ‘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.’
‘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 also blasted Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee.
‘She’s a weak person. She is weak on so many different levels,’ he said, describing her as ‘almost like a maniac’ on the basis of a forthcoming tell-all book by a former U.S. Secret Service officer. He said Clinton has refused to describe America’s largest domestic security threat as ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ because she is carefully hewing to the Obama administration’s position.
That was a veiled reference to claims he has made on the campaign trail before – that Clinton is reluctant to cross Obama publicly because the U.S. Justice Department holds her fate in its hands.
Trump reserved some of his toughest words for Obama. ‘We’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart or he’s got something else in mind,’ he said on Monday. ‘And the “something else in mind” – people can’t believe it.’ ‘He doesn’t get it.’ Trump added. ‘Or he gets it better than anybody understands. It’s one or the other.’
Obama focused on gun control in a somber statement on Sunday afternoon, drawing outrage from conservatives who saw a president engaged in an opportunistic power grab. He added on NBC’s ‘Today’ show that ‘there are a lot of people that think that maybe he doesn’t want to get it.’
‘Calling on another gun ban – I mean, this man has no clue,’ Trump said on Fox. ‘You have thousands of Muslim 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.’
‘I’m talking about people coming in from Syria and other countries, where we have no idea who they are,’ he clarified. ‘We have no idea as to paperwork, as to where they came from. This could be the all-time great Trojan horse.’
‘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.’ ‘We have no idea as to paperwork, as to where they came from. This could be the all-time great Trojan horse.’
Later on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ Trump reiterated his call for ‘a ban on people coming in from Syria, coming in from different parts of the world with this philosophy that it so hateful.’ ‘We have many people coming in whose hate is equal to his and just as bad and even worse, frankly,’ he said, referring to the Orlando shooter.
In a morning tweet, Trump pivoted back to his Muslim emigration ban, ‘What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning,’ he wrote on Twitter.
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