Trump urges police surveillance of mosques After Orlando Shooting
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has reiterated his call for surveillance of mosques in the US in the wake of Orlando shootings.
Trump on Wednesday said at a rally in Atlanta that “we have to maybe check, respectfully, the mosques and we have to check other places because this is a problem that, if we don’t solve it, it’s going to eat our country alive.”
The comments come after Omar Mateen, a US citizen of Afghan descent from Port St. Lucie, Florida, stormed the Pulse Club in Orlando on Sunday, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others at the gay club, marking the worst ever mass shooting in US history. The culprit pledged allegiance to Daesh during the shooting spree, police said.
Trump used the incidence to push with his agenda. He also earlier proposed that the US suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is “a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.”
The New York real estate billionaire said while the Florida gunman was born in America, “his parents weren’t and his ideas weren’t born here.”
The reality TV mogul has time and time again urged a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States after a deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, last year, which was inspired by the Daesh terrorist group.
Prominent Republicans this week distanced themselves from Trump’s comments about Muslims.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday he did not think a ban on the entry of Muslims was in US interests.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who ran against Trump for the Republican nomination and has been a fierce critic since, said that he was “unnerved” by Trump’s response.
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said on Wednesday that Trump’s rhetoric had grown “even more inflammatory” in recent days.