Donald Trump doubled down on his pledge to ban immigration into the U.S. from countries with ties to radical Islam in the wake of this weekend's terror attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 and wounded many more.
The presumptive Republican nominee pointed out that extreme interpretations of Islam lead to violence against people groups like he gay community.
"They enslave women and they murder gays — I don't want them in our country," Trump said in a speech at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire Monday. "Immigration is a privilege, and we should not let anyone into our country if they don't support our communities — all of our communities."
He criticized President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for not taking the threat posed by radical Islamic terrorism seriously enough.
"We need to tell the truth about radical Islam, and we need to do it now," Trump said. "When it comes to radical Islamic terrorism, ignorance is not bliss, it's deadly — totally deadly."
The bottom line is that Clinton supports policies that "bring the threat of radical Islam into America and allow it to grow overseas," Trump said.
Trump added that his proposed "Muslim ban," or calls for a temporary total and complete shutdown of Muslim immigration into the United States "is really not an act of offense" but "an act of defense."
He also called on law enforcement to work with the Muslim community within the U.S. so that they will help "turn in the people who they know are bad."
The shooter's father was an immigrant father who supported the Taliban in Afghanistan, one of "the most oppressive regimes on earth," he added.
"Why would we admit people who support violent hatred?" Trump said. "Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists to our country, and who suppress women, gays and anyone else who doesn't share their views or values.
"She can't have it both ways," he added.
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