Donald Trump, on the verge of accepting the GOP nomination for president at next week’s convention in Cleveland, kicked off his political career with remarks about illegal immigrants that sent liberal heads spinning, and he kept the momentum going with talk of halting all Muslim immigration even as European countries were inviting in unlimited numbers of Syrian “widows and orphans” (and, in the case of Germany and others, later regretting that decision).
Newt Gingrich, who at the moment seems to have lost the VP sweepstakes to Gov. Mike Pence, took Trump talk to another level Thursday night following a horrific terror attack in France, proposing a test for “every person here who is of a Muslim background.”
.@newtgingrich: "We should…test every person here who is of a Muslim background, & if they believe in shariah they should be deported."
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 15, 2016
Islamic extremism certainly needs to be addressed (especially considering the president’s tantrum over people using the phrase), but just what sort of “test” is Gingrich suggesting? Getting Mexico to pay for a border wall might be a stretch, but constructing such a thing is at least within the realm of possibility.
Newt is so distraught at being passed over for VP by Trump that he's saying kooky stuff even Trump doesn't say. https://t.co/6drR1v7T5a
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) July 15, 2016
Bill Kristol’s been more active than anyone in trying to find an alternative to Trump, but plenty agree that proposing some unspecified test is a bad idea, politically and constitutionally. At least this will give the media something for their politics sections Friday, now that Trump has delayed his VP announcement.
Come on. This is nuts.
We should "test" every person in the US who has a "Muslim background"?
— Thomas Joscelyn (@thomasjoscelyn) July 15, 2016
Newt has lost his mind. https://t.co/soDa8b9adk
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) July 15, 2016
— Evin (@UygEv2015) July 15, 2016
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) July 15, 2016
— Hunter S. Thompson (@fear_loathing16) July 15, 2016
— Scott Groves (@ScottGrovesCO) July 15, 2016
— michael silverstein (@stimy9) July 15, 2016
so those in armed forces? congressmen? do we use lie detectors? b/c, u know, terrorists aren't always forthcoming https://t.co/RaVH9H1seR
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) July 15, 2016
— JustAnotherSnakeCult (@raindogtweets) July 15, 2016
"Alas! I was set on blowing up that school, but you asked if I believe in sharia — and I cannot tell a lie!" https://t.co/NOO05eOl6F
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) July 15, 2016
— Beth Facemyer (@catholicmumma) July 15, 2016
— Patterico (@Patterico) July 15, 2016
Literally calling for thoughtcrimes. https://t.co/Sf1Y3Iboeb
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 15, 2016
— (((Nancy B Parent))) (@Nanbp) July 15, 2016
— Michael Sullivan (@sullim01) July 15, 2016
— Doc Sportello (@dogstar7tweets) July 15, 2016
— Aziz Gilani (@TexasVC) July 15, 2016
— touched by jesus (@shekissesfrogs) July 15, 2016
Maybe we test how well people know the First Amendment prohibits impeding the free exercise of religion? https://t.co/FGDiu8WwmE
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) July 15, 2016
— You Commie Birdo! (@YouCommiePinko) July 15, 2016
— Tracie Washington (@NolaTracie) July 15, 2016
— Noor Tagouri (@NTagouri) July 15, 2016