Donald Trump is once again being accused of “bigotry” for comments he made in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday. “I think Islam hates us,” said the Republican frontrunner. “There’s something there…there is tremendous hatred there. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable amount of hatred for us–”
“In Islam itself?” asked Cooper.
“You’re going to have to figure that out,” Trump replied. “Okay? You’ll get another Pullitzer, right?”
The remarks drew condemnation from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Nihad Awad, the group’s national director, released a statement calling on Trump to apologize. “Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric does not reflect leadership, but instead reflects a bigoted mindset that only serves to divide our nation and the world,”Awad said.
Trump declined to apologize in Thursday night’s GOP debate, instead standing by his comments. “I don’t want to be so politically correct,” Trump said. When moderator Jake Tapper asked him if he was including the entirety of the world’s Muslim population in his claim, Trump said:
“I mean a lot of them! There’s something going on that maybe you don’t know about, maybe a lot of other people don’t know about, but there’s tremendous hatred. And I will stick with exactly what I said to Anderson Cooper.”
Recently, Trump has proven to be a little more willing to go back on some of his controversial statements, so there were some who expected he might capitulate on this one or at least soften his tone. Thankfully, he did not.
Anyone who has not been completely brainwashed by the liberal media understands where Trump is coming from. For the last two decades, Islamic radicals have been the most obvious and persistent threat to American national security, and the problem is only getting worse. Democrats like Obama and Hillary want us to believe that Trump’s rhetoric is having an inflammatory effect, serving to send more young Muslims to join ISIS. Maybe they’re right. But it’s clear that these terrorist groups don’t need Trump; ISIS was killing scores of innocent people well before he joined the race.
Now, some Republicans – including Marco Rubio – think we have to be more careful about delineating between Islamists and moderate Muslims. And under normal circumstances, they would have a point. But the problem is that we’ve labored for seven years under a president who goes well beyond that distinction. Obama doesn’t make the point that there’s a difference between ISIS and the average Muslim – he says that ISIS has nothing at all to do with Islam! And it’s that kind of ridiculous claim that gives Trump room to do the opposite. And frankly, there’s a lot more evidence to suggest the religion as a whole is brimming with Western hatred than there is to suggest that there’s no link between Islam and terrorism.
It’s been fifteen years since the World Trade Center came down, and Americans are getting sick of fighting this enemy. We’re not going to secure this country by dancing around the issue. We’re not going to defeat terrorists by playing nice. We need courage and we need truth, and our nation has been starving for both.