The failed “war on terror” will be reignited if Donald Trump sees his presidential aspirations come to fruition. While we witness the rise of the Islamic State, failed policies by George W. Bush, who enacted his own “war on terror,” shares some of the blame.
Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in an interview which will air Monday evening that he would have no issues in asking Congress for a declaration of war to fight terrorism.
“It wouldn’t bother me at all doing that,” Trump said, according to Politico. “We probably should have done that in the first place.”
The billionaire candidate said that fighting terrorism isn’t the same as traditional war, and added that terrorists do not wear uniforms. Battling extremists isn’t comparable to going against a country like Germany or Japan, Trump said.
“This is a war against people who are vicious, violent people that we have no idea who they are, where they come from. We are allowing tens of thousands of them into our country now so on top of wars on foreign land wait ’til you see what happens in the future,” the presumptive GOP nominee said.
“It’s probably not going to be pretty. I hope I’m wrong about that, but it’s probably not going to be pretty. It’s not speculation. We’re allowing people into our country. We don’t know who they are, where they come from,” he continued.
“I would have no problem with doing it, Bill,” he said again about asking Congress for a declaration of war. “I’ll study the facts, but I think right now I would have no problem with doing it because we are at war. By the way, the world is at war.”
Trump is talking about a war on people who live in the U.S. simply because they are of the Muslim faith.
This isn’t the first time Trump has uttered the remark, “We have no idea who they are.” It’s a loaded statement. Trump also thinks President Barack Obama is from Kenya.
Trump has repeatedly suggested banning an entire religion from entering America. The GOP front-runner previously called for surveillance against mosques and said he was open to establishing a database for all Muslims living in the U.S.
Trump’s remarks even garnered condemnation from Republicans.
Remarkably, even after Trump’s rhetoric targeting Muslims, the Republican candidate’s top foreign policy adviser, Walid Phares, has quietly opened backchannels within Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the U.S. in an attempt to win over a small but increasingly important voting bloc.
According to Phares, Conservatives Muslims “said they want to support Mr. Trump, but they’re not clear about some of the statements he’s made.”
We’re pretty sure he’s referring to Trump’s ‘ban Muslims’ remark. The GOP presumptive nominee hasn’t been shy about announcing that he would bring back torture. Last November, Trump said, “When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if they’re a Trojan Horse.”
“I want to see a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists, we want to go with databases, and we have no choice,” he said.
Syrian refugees were a hot topic for Republicans and he said he would bring back torture to stop them from fleeing from terrorism at the hands of ISIS. Think about that for a minute.
Despite Trump’s acidic rhetoric, he’s now courting Muslims. It’s reminiscent of Donald Trump saying he will get the female vote after calling women ‘pigs,’ among other choice words.