Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump renewed his call to ban Muslim immigrants from the United States on Sunday after a deadly terror attack by a US citizen left 53 people dead.
New York-born Omar Mateen was identified as the man who went on a late-night shooting spree at Orlando, Florida gay club Pulse.
Despite his citizenship status, Trump took the opportunity to mention that he “called” that adherents of Islam would commit other terrorist attacks in the U.S. and “asked for the ban.” The real estate mogul first suggested a ban on Muslim immigration “until we find out what’s going on” after the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Syed Farook, a US citizen, and his wife Tashfeen Malik, a lawful permanent US resident, killed 14 and wounded 22 in the attack at a holiday party.
Trump’s proposal has been widely criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), for singling out people of a specific faith.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, the presumptive GOP nominee took credit “for being right on radical Islamic terrorism” and said the US “must be tough.”
What has happened in Orlando is just the beginning. Our leadership is weak and ineffective. I called it and asked for the ban. Must be tough
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2016