Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump weighed in on the terror attack in Brussels that resulted in at least 30 dead and 230 injured: Very simply put, he said once again that the United States should close its borders until “we figure out what is going on.”
“Look at Brussels, look at Paris, look at so many cities that were great cities,” he said on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday. “Paris is almost as bad. If you look at Paris — Paris is no longer the city of lights. Paris has got a lot of problems. And all you have to do is speak to the people who live there. You look at other places where this same thing has happened.”
As details about the attack continue to emerge, one thing is unlikely to change:
This was an attack perpetrated by Islamist extremists, a phrase our titular commander in chief still refuses to even use, even in his response to this attack.
“The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium,” said.
Isn’t this the man who said that thoughts and prayers aren’t enough when gun violence was the issue (i.e, when it was convenient for him)?
Do you wonder why people are turning to candidates like Trump, political outsiders with passion? This is why. The people are rightfully angry.
But it is better to be angry than to be afraid.
“They’re in fear. Their city is in fear,” Trump said. “And we have to be smart in the United States. We’re taking people without real documentation. We don’t know where they’re from, who they are. If you look at it from any standpoint. It could be ISIS. It could be ISIS-related. And we just don’t learn, we don’t learn.
“I mean, Brussels is an amazing example. Brussels is an absolutely crime-free city, one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” Trump added. “And now you look at it and it’s a disaster.”
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