In a statement following Sunday’s terrorist shooting at the Orlando LGBT nightclub Pulse, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that as president he will refuse “to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, Jewish people, are targets of intimidation and persecution by radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence.”
“This is not just a national security issue. It is a quality of life issue. If we want to protect the quality of life for all Americans—women, children, gay and straight, Jews and Christians, then we need to tell the truth about radical Islam and we need to do it now. We need to tell the truth also when how radical Islam is coming to our shores. With these people, folks, it’s coming,” Trump said in a speech on the topic of national security on Monday in New Hampshire.
Trump also called on Americans to “tell the truth about radical Islam,” and repeated his campaign’s position that the U.S. should pause immigration from countries where there’s ”a proven history of terrorism,” this time shying away from referring to all Muslims.
Trump’s remarks come amid new reports that the Islamic State terror group is encouraging its followers to carry out more attacks in the United States during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to Arabic media.
“The infidel crusaders, lackeys of the Jews, should prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, which, for them, will be a month of disasters—especially in Europe and America,” threatened Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani in a recorded message a month before the Muslim holiday, according to Israel Hayom.
On Monday, a suspected Islamist attacker stabbed a French police commander and his partner to death, an attack claimed by Islamic State. The Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency reported Monday that the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa, Reuters reported.