Donald Trump called for President Obama to resign over the Orlando attacks yesterday, ahead of a major speech today in New Hampshire on terrorism.
“In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam,’ ” the presumptive Republican nominee said in a statement, referring to Obama’s address from the White House yesterday afternoon.
“For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency,” Trump said.
It was unclear last night whether the New York billionaire was going ahead with a fundraiser at The Langham hotel in Boston’s Financial District and another one in Rye, N.H. He is still slated to speak at St. Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics but he cancelled a rally in Portsmouth for later tonight.
Originally, Trump had planned to use his St. Anselm College speech to go after the Clintons. But last night, his campaign announced he would instead focus on immigration, national security and the Orlando attacks.
The Florida gay nightclub rampage wiped most other political stories off the front pages and TV screens yesterday.
Politically for Trump, that meant a break from lingering controversies over Trump University and his condemnations of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, which many fellow Republicans had slammed.
Instead, the campaign will turn to terrorism, which has been one of Trump’s strengths, at least in the Republican primary.
“If we do not get tough and smart real fast, we are not going to have a country anymore,” said Trump in the statement.
“Because our leaders are weak, I said this was going to happen — and it is only going to get worse. I am trying to save lives and prevent the next terrorist attack. We can’t afford to be politically correct anymore.”
“This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub,” he said. “And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be. And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.” – Barack Obama
Trump has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S., and blasted Clinton for a weak stance allowing migrants into the country, although the Orlando gunman, Omar Mateen, was born in New York.
“We admit more than 100,000 lifetime migrants from the Middle East each year,” said Trump.
“Since 9/11, hundreds of migrants and their children have been impli-cated in terrorism in the United States. Hillary Clinton wants to dramatically increase admissions from the Middle East, bringing in many hundreds of thousands during a first term — and we will have no way to screen them, pay for them or prevent the second generation from radicalizing.”
This will mark Trump’s first visit to the Granite State since he easily won the first-in-the-nation primary in February. New Hampshire remains a key battleground state and the race is currently a toss-up.
A Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll last month showed Clinton and Trump tied in New Hampshire at 44 percent.
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