Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sat respectfully quiet Wednesday while he heard horrific accounts of terrorism from victims of radical Islam.
“What you people are going through is unimaginable,” he said during a town hall gathering at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee. The town hall was broadcast on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”.
Video clip via Fox News.
As terrorism survivors and their families told their stories, Trump was openly empathetic.
“We are just allowing people into our country [and] some are going to be a problem. We have enough problems in our country right now and you people are really proof positive,” he said.
Trump has called for “extreme vetting” of any immigrants coming into the U.S., and Karen McWatters, who lost a leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, agrees with him.
McWatters said she finds it “really upsetting” that President Obama can’t say the words “radical Islamic terror.”
“I think if we don’t speak honestly, and clearly about what’s happening, then we can’t solve the issue.”
“I don’t blame all Muslims because I lost my leg,” McWatters added. “I understand the difference between radicalized people and people who are of peace.”
In his response, Trump said, “When I see something like that, I want to do something about it.”
Dorothy Woods, whose husband Ty Woods was killed in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, said simply, “We are at war with radical Islam,” noting that her husband died trying to save American lives.
Former U.S. Army Ranger Kris Paronto, who was a private security contractor at the American compound in Benghazi during the attack, agreed with Trump’s immigration proposal.
“I believe in the vetting process,” Paronto said. “Not all Muslims are bad, but the Muslim community in America — they are Americans because they’re here — they need to start speaking out publicly and condemning.”
Paronto pointed out that terrorists “utilize our strengths, which are compassion and empathy, against us.”
Counterterrorism expert and author Sebastian Gorka, who joined Trump during a different segment of the town hall, said Trump’s plans would “absolutely” keep Americans safer than any proposals by Obama or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“If you don’t have borders, you don’t have security,” Gorka said. “If Hillary Clinton becomes the commander in chief and continues the policies of this administration, American lives will be endangered.”
He warned that those who support Clinton are not grasping what a real threat Americans are facing.
“The war is real and the war is here,” Gorka said. “This is a threat that is real and is escalating every day.”
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