After Thursday’s horrifying terror attacks in Nice, France, one of Donald Trump’s former VP picks has made a shocking proposal that makes him seem nearly identical to the presumptive Republican nominee.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Gingrich said:
Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be.Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with western civilization.
The former House speaker, much like his favorite presidential candidate, could not give specifics about what such a proposal would involve – Gingrich could not specify just how the 3.3 million Muslims in America would be tested or where they would go once deported. And nevermind the fact that a proposal like this is probably a major violation of every American’s constitutional right to exercise their freedom of religion and due process. But according to Gingrich, those details don’t really matter, and what he is proposing would be as simple as a 3-step process to figure out if a Muslim “really wants assimilation.” He said:
The first step is you have to ask them the questions. The second step is you have to monitor what they’re doing on the Internet. The third step is, let me be very clear, you have to monitor the mosques.
Judging from people’s reactions on Gawker, everyone is baffled by this.
Gingrich also proposed that “anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS or Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist groups” should be put behind bars on felony charges. The same charges would apply to any organization that hosts such websites. And don’t worry – if that doesn’t work, Gingrich has a far more aggressive plan:
We should destroy them with kinetic power, using various weapons starting with predators and frankly just killing them.
To top it off, no national or global tragedy can occur without a Republican blaming President Barack Obama, and Gingrich made sure to check that box. He said:
And we’re told to be reasonable, to be passive, to not judge. Well I just want to tell you tonight, everybody who watches this video, this is the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary, and to tell us the truth, and that starts with Barack Obama.
Sigh. It’s almost unfortunate that Trump chose Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his VP because Gingrich would have fit in with Trump perfectly. You can listen to Newt’s idiotic, Trump-like statements below:
Gingrich’s comments are receiving backlash, no surprise. Muslim columnist Qanta Ahmed went on Fox & Friends to point out how stupid Gingrich’s idea was and how little he understood Sharia:
I saw that. I watched him say all of those words. So, it’s very discouraging when you’re a Muslim here in the United States, as am I, as are about three and a half million other people, every time this happens, all Muslims are dehumanized. How are you going to test me? How are you going to test me? If you say — Gingrich does not even understand Sharia, though he’s not alone in his ignorance. The whole narrative in the 18 months we’ve been talking does not understand what Sharia means. Which means I live a God-centered life.
Gingrich’s comments are nearly identical to the tone Trump struck when he proposed a complete ban on all Muslims coming into America. If Trump had chosen him as a running mate, these two would have had devastating consequences for America.
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