Even considering his infamous call to shut down Muslim immigration after the San Bernardino shooting, and the time he called Mexican immigrants rapists, Trump may have just delivered the most anti-immigrant speech of his campaign.
After expressing horror at the June 12 Orlando shooting and observing a moment of silence, Trump reiterated his call for an immigration ban, this time extending to all “areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats.”
“We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought process as this savage killer,” Trump said.
Trump also ripped into “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“The killer, whose name I will not use, or ever say, was born an Afghan to Afghan parents who immigrated to the United States,” Trump said, a misleading statement given that Mateen was born in New York and raised in the United States.
For Trump, his speech — including a lie about Mateen’s place of birth — is all telling it like it is. “I refuse to be politically correct,” he said.