Come to think of it, perhaps Newt Gingrich is the perfect person to be Donald Trump’s running mate. Considering what he said yesterday after the horrific attack in Nice, France, he sure sounds like a carbon copy of the Orange Menace.
Appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last night, Gingrich, the disgraced former House Speaker declared:
“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. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia? Glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door. But we need to be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are.”
Of course, such a statement plays right into the hands of Islamic extremists who are trying to present a black and white picture in which the Western world is at war with Islam. This is how Al Qaeda and ISIS recruit new members: By telling fellow Muslims they must rise to the challenge or be destroyed by the infidels.
What kind of “test” would Gingrich administer. He didn’t give specifics, much like Trump, who speaks in generalities and platitudes with no real plans or solutions.
Finally, Gingrich tried to do his tough guy routine when he told Hannity:
“I am sick and tired of being told that the wealthiest, most powerful civilization in history–all of Western civilization–is helpless in the face of a group of medieval barbarians.”
We aren’t helpless, Newt. We are decimating the Islamic State from the air and on the ground. That’s exactly why they are striking back at the West with the only weapon they have left, acts of terror. But how can we expect a man as deluded and corrupt as Gingrich (or Trump) to use reason and logic to solve a problem? All they have are knee-jerk reactions that will exacerbate the situation.
Here’s Newt on Fox News last night:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.