On March 13, current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump made the claim that over a quarter of all Muslims are "very militant," in another controversial statement which has become regular for the candidate.
He said that Muslim hatred toward the U.S. is "tremendous," according to the Hill. This comes after comments made by Trump last week when he said "Islam hates us."
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace pressed Trump on the fact that there are 1.6 billion Muslims on the planet, with about 100,000 fighting for jihadist causes according to experts on the issue.
“You’re saying that out of 1.5 billion, 100,000, let me tell you, whoever did that survey was about as wrong as you can get.
Why don’t you take a look at the Pew poll that came out very recently or fairly recently, where I think the number… it’s something like 27 percent are really very militant about going after things.
And you’ll have to look at it. They did a very strong study. Let’s see what it says. But it’s a very significant number. It’s not 100,000 people, I can tell you that. It’s a ridiculous number."
Trump said that he has heard that figures of 20,000 or 30,000 troops are needed to defeat ISIS in the Middle East, according to ABP Live.
Trump continued with his analysis of the situation:
“It would be easier for me to say, “Oh, no, everybody loves us.” But there’s something going on. There’s a big problem. And radical Islamic terrorism is taking place all over the world.
You look at what happened in Paris, you look at what happened in California recently with the 14 people killed by co-workers, by people where they gave ’em baby showers and then they walk in and they kill ’em, they shoot ’em. They had no guns, they had no weapons. They had no nothing. They shot them. They killed them all.
But now, you have people chopping off heads, you have people drowning 40 and 50 people in steel cages at a time, and now, we have to do something. The reason we have to do it is because of the power of weaponry. They’re looking to get weapons, and they’re looking to acquire weapons that are going to be very, very horrible for our country if they ever do it."