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Donald Trump promises ‘extreme screening’ to combat ‘medieval times’


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at Trump International Hotel on Friday in Washington.

WASHINGTON » Donald Trump spoke of Islamic State in brutal terms Monday, promising “extreme screening” to fight terrorism, and excoriated Hillary Clinton as too weak to fight the fight or even voice the problem.

“We’re in medieval times,” he said, speaking in especially bleak terms to describe terrorist attacks, a “campaign of genocide” and torturous acts committed by the group, during his first rally, in Estero, Fla., since weekend attacks in three U.S. cities.

“These attacks and many other were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system,” he said. “Immigration security is national security.”

The man arrested in the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Afghanistan, reportedly in 1995 when he was 7.

Trump suggested that current policy coddles terrorist suspects, including Rahami, who was wounded in a shootout and captured afterward.

Trump lamented that Rahami would get hospitalization, the best doctors in the world, a top lawyer and “probably even have room service.”

Trump promised fair trials with “very harsh treatment” and alluded to prior pledges to practice harsher interrogations, suggesting current constitutional protections are too restrictive.

It was all part of a broader theme that painted Clinton and President Barack Obama as too weak to prosecute the war on terrorism, and too politically correct to label the problem as “radical Islam.”

“Hillary Clinton talks tougher about my supporters than she does about Islamic terrorists,” Trump said.

“Weakness invites aggression,” he added. “We’re weak.”

Trump seized on a report from the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general released Monday that showed more than 800 immigrants were mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship, despite coming from countries noted as threats to national security or with high fraud rates. They were supposed to instead face deportation.

Trump cited the report to make the case that Clinton would not be able to properly vet refugees, leaving a gaping security hole for the person he accused of having “the most open borders policy of anyone ever to seek the presidency.”

Trump claimed that Islamic State would prefer that Clinton becomes president, even though the group has publicly called his presidency a priority.

“They want her so badly to be president, you have no idea,” he said. “It will be a field day.”


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  • Terrorism has to be our #1 priority. Forget the side show and distractions. This man has every intention of doing the job right in terms of illegal immigration and protecting our borders. Unfortunately it is already too late for many who have already become victims. We must pick a candidate who will go to extremes to combat this war with an unseen anonymous enemy. That candidate is NOT Hellary.

  • This is the money quote: “Weakness invites aggression,” he added. “We’re weak.” Right on Donald! Immigration has been the weak link in the chain for decades and republicans are as much to blame as democrats. But little Barry Hussein made us much weaker in his 8 years by not calling out the religion that is responsible for the mayhem. If I thought Hillary Clinton would be any different and start to defend our borders and culture I’d be first in line to vote for her. I know she will not, so Donald gets my vote.

      • This is better than the current clusterfck screening process that we have in place. Yesterday it was announced that over 800 people were “accidentally” given citizenship. Is this the vetting process that the American people expect when Obama & Hillary import more “refugees”?

        • jeh johnson…a POLITICAL HACK who got the DHS head via Pay for Play.
          Another UNQUALIFIED person…sorta like O…a RACIST COMMUNITY ORGANIZER in the potus Office!

        • Keonigohan – A “political hack?” You’re lying, of course. As always. Always. You never write truthfully.

          Mr. Johnson was a federal prosecutor; then General Counsel of the Air Force and then General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

          Do you ever know what you’re talking about?

        • The 442 regiment was real. They didn’t TALK tough, they WERE tough.

          What the h— tough thing has Trump done so far? Yes, same as the “sacrifices” he’s made. Nothing.

      • This is a conspiracy thought. The globalist will create many more terrorist attacks in the U.S., having to bring the military and reservist to guard against more attacks. The United Nations to be added to the fray and America will be under Marshall Law, should it be certain that Trump will win. Thus Obama to create an emergency protocol allowing him to occupy the White House for another 4 years. If they the globalist can rig the election that will be their first plan if not the emergency protocol will be executed.

        Far fetched but hopefully this does not happen.

    • So for decades? That includes your family? Under Republican administrations? Folks, Trump is not going to sit at the borders deciding who comes and who doesn’t. People are and people make mistakes, take bribes, don’t know how to use technology, etc.

      • Feb 2016…”From the Washington Times,

        The Obama administration has implemented an illegal immigrant “catch-and-release” policy, ordering Border Patrol agents not to even bother arresting and deporting new illegal immigrants, the head of the agents’ labor union told Congress on Thursday.”

  • Time to revisit the birther theory:

    2008: Trump, without any evidence, announces that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. DUMB.

    2008 – 2011: Trump continues to say, over and over again, that Obama was not born in the USA. Says the newspaper announcement of Obama’s birth was “planted there” 55 years ago for some diabolical reason. STOOPID.

    2011: White House releases Obama’s birth certificate. Trump tales credit for forcing the release, never apologizing or admitting he was wrong. Then switches to questioning Obama’s education. AZZ-WHOLE.

    2011 – 2016: Trump then restarts birther theory. DEMENTIA.

    September 10, 2016: Trump’s campaign managers say that he no longer believes Obama was born in Africa. But he says nothing. STAFF WORRIED, THINKING OF JUMPING SHIP.

    September 16, 2016: Incorrectly blames Hillary for inventing the birther theory. Then claims credit for “closing” the issue by declaring that Obama was born in Africa. Claims credit! THINKS HIS FOLLOWERS ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT.

    • “Birther theory” has been settled and is old news. Has nothing to do with US citizens killed on our own soil. If you think that the controversy of where Obama was born is more important than national security then that’s just a desperate attempt to change the subject by ignoring the real problem at hand.

      • You cannot have national security if a guy who sucks up insane conspiracy theories is in charge. Whoever sees the world through hazy, paranoid eyes should NOT be allowed to control the bomb.

        Whom are we talking about?

    • If only people would be informed BEFORE they open their mouth….

      “New evidence is emerging that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was, in fact, responsible for spreading the original Birther conspiracy theory in 2008, which alleged that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and therefore potentially ineligible for the presidency.

      Though Hillary Clinton — and the media — furiously denied that charge after it was made by Republican nominee Donald Trump on Friday morning, editor James Asher remembered Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal spreading the rumor.”

      • Keoni, you have a talent for finding obscure biased passages that support Trump’s twisted ideas.

        The simple reality—you don’t need to find a special article to prove it—is that a person who comes up with insane conspiracy theories, AND upholds it for years despite having no evidence, is not fit to be POTUS.

        You don’t want a guy like that in charge of your national security.

        What has Trump actually done so far? Right, just talking.

  • “Hillary Clinton talks tougher about my supporters than she does about Islamic terrorists”

    That’s because Drumpf’s supporters are Americans (except for those who are Russians) and in theory ought to have learned in school that terrorism is a bad thing. Instead they’ve all sworn fealty to the American Tealiban.

    The only thing extreme about Drumpf is his rhetoric. I’d just love to see him in a street fight. They’d need a mop and bucket to get him into the ambulance.

    • Yes, Drumpf followers are about as naive and manipulable as the youngsters who are recruited by ISIS. They are so “charmed” by this guy’s personality and catchy slogans, they close off their minds from the real world, refuse to acknowledge simple facts that are reported DAILY in the middle-media.

      The Wall (whatever happened to that nice-sounding idea?),
      …and who will pay for it…

      “John McCain is not a hero,”

      That ridiculous birther thing (which he pushed for 8 years, then pawned it off on Hillary—WRONG),

      “I know more than all the generals combined,” then says he’ll make his generals send him a military plan within 90 days. Then, he’ll steal their ideas and sell himself as a “great American hero” to the gullible.

    • Except the Elder Bush did not say that. It was a Kennedy mouthpiece, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend .

      “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim,” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.

  • Both candidates SUCK !!! Donald with his verbal responses but is correct we need to toughen up. And Hillary with the same o same o. policy’s. Congress has a huge slice of the blame also there just as useless. We the voters need to take some of the blame because we keep voting these people in office. It is way past time to clean house and dump this protected two party system NATIONALLY and LOCAL ! Just like the issue with the immigrant fishermen who should not be here taking our job’s.

  • The rise of the great liar.

    The deception was so brazen, so demonstrably disprovable, that it felt like a milestone in campaign history: After relentlessly promoting the lie that Barack Obama was born outside the United States, Donald J. Trump looked into the cameras and declared that he had instead debunked that insidious myth.

    Which raises a question: Is dishonesty this audacious and deliberate official campaign strategy for Mr. Trump? In the latest episode of The Run-Up, we posed that question to two top presidential campaign strategists from both parties: Mike Murphy, who advised Jeb Bush this year and John McCain in 2000, and Paul Begala, a political strategist for Bill Clinton in 1992.

    The Run-Up

    Episode 13The Art of the Lie
    SUBSCRIBE: iTunesGoogle Play Music
    We hear from Pamela Meyer, an expert on lying and the author of “Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception.”

    “I think he’s a great liar,” Ms. Meyer told us of Mr. Trump. “A good liar intuitively knows what it is you want to hear, dangles it out in front of you just when you need it, expresses confidence enough so that you allow them a path if you think they’re lying or might trust them a little bit more than you normally would.”

    In the episode, I’m also joined by my colleague Maggie Haberman, who has covered Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton and who questions whether Mr. Trump’s lies or inconsistencies are the result of a careful strategy.

    “I think Trump will say whatever he has to say to get through a 5- or 10-minute moment in time,” she said on the show. “Those are the chunks in which he operates and thinks.”NYT

    • Ike, where did you find this Ms. Meyer broad? She’s an unqualified genius, not unlike yourself. She captured little Barry Hussein perfectly. Little Barry Hussein knew the folks wanted to hear they could keep their doctor if they liked their doctor. Little Barry Hussein knew the folks wanted to hear their health care premiums would drop by $2500. So he dangled those lies out in front of them just when they needed it. Without your thoughtful post I never would have guessed little Barry Hussein was capable of lying, now I know better. Thanks, you’re wonderful!

      • Pamela Meyer, is an expert on lying with the following degrees: Harvard MBA and Washington U and Claremont. She is a recognized and certified fraud examiner. What else u got?

        So, CEI, please revel us in more tales of your fictional degrees?? By the way, what type of person tries to lie about their education? Hint hint–CEI.

    • It’s interesting to watch the Obama 2008 campaign spots in which he takes apart Clinton. One of his basic statements is that “Hilary will say whatever is necessary to get elected”. Watch them on YouTube. They’ll make great Trump campaign ads.

  • Ahhhh, his boundless ignorance again raises its flaccid head.

    With all that is going around the world and domestically, it is a good time to reflect on the words of MLK::

    This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges….true then, true today.

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