On Monday, Donald Trump delivered a speech on the Islamic terror attack that occurred in Orlando over the weekend that left 50 Americans dead. He said the U.S. has to start telling the truth about Islam and doubled down on his plan to suspend Muslim immigration until a proper screening process is put in place.
Trump spoke out against the weaknesses of Hillary Clinton and President Obama in how they have responded after each terrorist attack.
"This was going to be a speech on Hillary Clinton and how bad a president, especially in these times of radical Islamic terrorism, she would be," Trump began.
He added that a former Secret Service agent for Clinton has revealed her lack of temperament and integrity to be president as one who has seen her stressed out when under pressure. But Trump said his planned remarks would have to wait for another day so that he could address "the growing threat of terrorism inside of our borders:"
"This is a very dark moment in America’s history.
"A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation.
"It is a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation. It is an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity. It is an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their own country.
"We need to respond to this attack on America as one united people – with force, purpose and determination."
Trump said that political correctness is killing this country and "if we don't get tough… smart… and fast, we're not going to have a country anymore -- there will be absolutely nothing left."
Refusing to say the killer's name, Trump spoke about his Afghan parents who immigrated to the U.S., that the father reportedly supported the Afghan Taliban, and once ran for president in the country.
"The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here," Trump said. "That is a fact, and it’s a fact we need to talk about."
This "dysfunctional immigration system," Trump added, doesn't allow enough protection for U.S. citizens and is too porous to know with any accuracy who is coming across the borders. Trump blamed the "incompetent administration" of Barack Obama and warned that if he isn't elected "that will not change over the next four years."
Trump's call for a ban on Muslim integration after the San Bernardino terrorist attack was met with "great scorn and anger," the presumptive Republican nominee said. "But now, many are saying I was right to do so."
He said the pause in immigration would only be temporary and lifted once there is a proper screening process in place. The power the president has to suspend entry into the country is a power Trump says he will use "to protect the American people."
"When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats," he said.
Trump reminded that radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American and stated his refusal to allow citizens to become "targets of persecution" by imams who preach "hate and violence" and promote Sharia Law.
Clinton's refusal to say the words radical Islam "broadcasts weakness across the world," Trump added. He noted that her plans calling for stricter gun control and the continuation of her admissions process begun while she was secretary of state to bring in hundreds of thousands more refugees into the country from the Middle East.
Trump said America's goal should be to stop Islamic terror, "not nation-building."
"We’ve tried it President Obama’s way," Trump said. "He gave the world his apology tour, we got ISIS, and many other problems, in return."
Trump made this promise:
"When I am President, I pledge to protect and defend all Americans who live inside of our borders. Wherever they come from, wherever they were born, all Americans living here and following our laws will be protected.
"America will be a tolerant and open society.
"America will also be a safe society.
"We will protect our borders at home.
"We will defeat ISIS overseas.
"We will ensure every parent can raise their children in peace and safety.
"We will make America rich again.
"We will make America safe again.
"We will make American Great Again."
Read the entire speech here and watch it above.
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