Earlier this week when it seemed like he was still in the running to be Donald Trump’s vice-presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich decided to shred the Bill of Rights:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday that U.S. citizens “of a Muslim background” should be tested to see if they believe in Sharia law. (emphasis mine)
“And if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported,” he added, speaking on Fox News’ “Hannity.”
Gingrich was reacting to the terror attack in Nice, France, that left more than 80 dead, including at least two Americans.
“I think you either kick them out of the country — People tell me, ‘We can’t do that to American citizens.’ We are in a war. We better rethink the rules, or we’re going to lose the war,” Gingrich told Fox host Sean Hannity.
Gingrich appeared to be defining Sharia, or Islamic law, by its strictest interpretation, such as that embraced by the Islamic State terror group in parts of Syria and Iraq. Gingrich pointed to Islamist groups burning women and beheading captives.
The ex-House speaker further called for the U.S. government to aggressively monitor mosques and to “be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are.”
“Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS, or al-Qaida or terrorist groups, that should be a felony. And they should go to jail,” he said.
“Everybody who watches this video: This is the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary and to tell us the truth. And that starts with President Obama,” he soon added.
So let’s see…freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, violation of due process, etc., etc., etc.!
But doesn’t it seem odd that he never once mentioned keeping guns away from them…so once again the second amendment remains sacrosanct and all of the other rights play second fiddle.
Thank goodness that Donald Trump selected someone else! But we still need to defeat Mr. Trump to prevent Mr. Gingrich from showing up elsewhere in a Trump administration!
And to be fair, not unlike Mr. Trump, when the levee broke, Mr. Gingrich tried to walk this back:
Gingrich started to walk back his comments Friday morning, saying on Twitter that the media distorted his views.
Direct quotes? Video? Results in distorted views? WTF?