“I am going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,” President-elect Donald Trump said at a “thank you rally” in Orlando, Florida on Friday.
Trump, speaking in front of his supporters, promised to fight against acts of terrorism like the one hit their city in June, where an jihadist who pledged his allegiance to ISIS killed 49 and injured 53 at a gay nightclub.
“The attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the worst mass shooting in American history and the deadliest assault on the LGBTQ community in American history,” Trump said. “We’ve seen Islamic terror attacks from Paris to Belgium to San Bernardino. One after other, again and again. We’re going to stop it. Let me state this as clearly as I can: I am going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.”
He repeated the same sentiment during his “thank you rally” in Hershey, PA on Thursday.
Donald Trump has pledged throughout his campaign to fight the growing threats of terrorism within the United States. Following the June Orlando terror attack, Trump vowed that he would “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism.”
During an anti-terrorism speech over the summer, Donald Trump stated that “Here, in America, we have seen one brutal attack after another.”
After listing the slew of terror attacks that happened in America and across the world in the past year, Trump said:
“We cannot let this evil continue. Nor can we let the hateful ideology of Radical Islam – its oppression of women, gays, children, and nonbelievers – be allowed to reside or spread within our own countries. We will defeat Radical Islamic Terrorism, just as we have defeated every threat we have faced in every age before. But we will not defeat it with closed eyes, or silenced voices. Anyone who cannot name our enemy, is not fit to lead this country.Anyone who cannot condemn the hatred, oppression and violence of Radical Islam lacks the moral clarity to serve as our President.”