Following the horrific terror attack in Orlando that left 49 people dead over the weekend, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump renewed a previous call to keep domestic mosques under surveillance:
“We have to be very strong with our military, with our security. We have to be extremely strong,” Trump said during a phone interview on “Fox and Friends.”
“We have to be very strong in terms of looking at the mosques, you know, which a lot of people say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to do that. We don’t want to do that.’ We’re beyond that.”
Trump similarly called for domestic surveillance of mosques in the U.S. after the Paris attacks in November 2015. He has since claimed the title of being the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Omar Mateen, the man who carried out the shooting, reportedly called 911 to claim allegiance to ISIS just prior to the attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Barack Obama said Monday that evidence suggests Mateen was a “homegrown” terrorist who was “inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the internet.”
Trump also called out Obama for not using the term “radical Islamic terrorism,” and not-so-subtly suggested that Obama may be a Muslim himself:
“Our government, we’re led by a man that is a very– look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” he began.
“And the something else in mind, people can’t believe it. People cannot — they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the ways he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’”
“There’s something going on,” Trump said. “It’s inconceivable. There’s something going on.”
The media has since criticized Trump for not having an emotional enough response to the Orlando shooting.