In the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris last week, many politicians are speaking out to share their views on ISIS and about what they think needs to be done to keep Americans safe.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump is no stranger to making absurd and very offensive comments about who belongs in the United States, and he’s also not afraid to openly bash other politicians who disagree with his views. But even still, Trump’s latest string of tweets is the perfect example of fear mongering for the purpose of trying to get more votes.
Trump started by slamming President Obama, writing, “I, along with almost everyone else, have so little confidence in President Obama. He has a horrible attitude-a man who is resigned to defeat. [sic]”
The harsh comments come after Obama said in a press conference last night that he would continue with his plan of accepting Syrian refugees, despite the fact that one of the terrorists in Paris was reportedly a Syrian. “It is very important … that we do not close our hearts to these victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism,” declared Obama.
However, not everyone agrees with the president’s plans, especially not Trump. A few minutes after his anti-Obama tweet, Trump followed it up with, “Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are – some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?”
In less than an hour, Trump’s post was retweeted over 3,400 times and liked by more than 5,700 followers. While some of these followers quickly pointed out the hatefulness and bigotry of Trump’s tweets, others sadly agreed with the GOP candidate’s sentiment.
In fact, Trump isn’t the only Republican who’s against Syrian refugees coming into the U.S.—several governors have announced that they’re refusing to allow these refugees from the war-torn region to come into their states, and are instead pushing for tighter control of American borders.
Trump’s fellow Republican candidate and current Kentucky senator, Rand Paul, has even said that he’s laying out plans to introduce legislation to refuse refugees “from about 30 countries that have jihadist movements,” presumably including Syria. The bill would stop these individuals from getting visas that would otherwise permit them to immigrate to, visit, or study in the U.S.
Donald Trump, Twitter post, November 17, 2015, 5:19 a.m.
Bradner, E., et al., “Republicans to Obama: Keep Syrian refugees out,” CNN web site, November 16, 2015.
Donald Trump, Twitter post, November 17, 2015, 5:54 a.m.
Pappas, A., “Rand Paul Introducing Bill To Stop Refugees From Countries With ‘Significant Jihadist Movements,’” Rand Paul web site, November 16, 2015.