Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for testing people who have a "Muslim background" in light of the terrorist attack in Nice, France, on July 14 (video below).
Gingrich made his comments during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity:
Western civilization is in a war. We should, frankly, test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia [law], they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens, perfectly happy to have them next door.
But we need to be fairly relentless about defining who our enemies are. Anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS or Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, that should be a felony and they should go to jail. Any organization which hosts such a website, should be engaged in a felony, it should be closed down immediately.
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Gingrich also said if a website could not be shut down it should be destroyed with predator drones and added, "I am sick and tired of being told that the wealthiest, most powerful civilization in history, all of Western civilization is helpless in the face of a group of medieval barbarians."
Gingrich listed numerous terrorist incidents and blamed the Nice attack on "Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary, and to tell us the truth. And that starts with Barack Obama."
Gingrich did not say what "truth" President Barack Obama is allegedly not telling, and Hannity did not ask him.
The host did ask Gingrich how he would "possibly" identify the Muslim refugees coming to the U.S. who want to expand the "caliphate."
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Gingrich said the first step was to "ask them the questions," monitor what they are doing on the Internet, and "monitor the mosques."
Gingrich also said he would expel schools that teach Sharia law.
Gingrich went on to say that "these people are opposed to our way of life, they are opposed to our value system, they are opposed to our various religions, they're opposed to whole concept of freedom, and they're very honest about it. They tell us what they want to do."
Gingrich also plugged a fictional novel about terrorism twice during the segment.
MediaMatters.org noted on July 12 that Fox News had suspended Gingrich's contract as a commentator while he was under consideration to be the vice presidential running mate of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
It's not clear if Gingrich's appearance on Fox News on July 14 means that Trump has chosen another running mate.