Following a string of attacks linked to terrorism, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has echoed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's calls for racial profiling of Muslims Americans. Flynn is Trump's top military adviser.
On Sept. 19, Flynn sat down on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” to discuss the latest small-scale attacks, all of which are suspected to have ties to terrorism.
“Political correctness kills,” Flynn said. “It will cause death, and we can’t have that.”
On Sept. 17, an American man stabbed and wounded nine people in a shopping mall in Minnesota. He was shot and killed by law enforcement. The Islamic State group has claimed credit for the attack, The Hill reports.
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On the same night, a bomb went off in Manhattan, New York, injuring dozens. Another bomb went off in New Jersey on Sept. 18.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, has been arrested in connection to planting to explosive devices, The Washington Post reports.
Referencing the attack in Minnesota, Flynn suggested that the U.S. is indeed at war with Islam, which goes against longstanding U.S. policy regarding the war on terror.
“You don’t have a lot of people yelling, ‘Jesus Christ,’ putting a knife in somebody’s body or putting a knife in somebody’s head,” Flynn said. “This is a different enemy. It’s an enemy that we have not, frankly, understood in a couple of administrations, and we definitely don’t understand right now.”
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Flynn’s comments arrive on the same day that Trump called for the racial profiling of American Muslims.
“Do we have a choice?” Trump told Fox News. “Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re trying to be so politically correct in our country and this is only going to get worse.”
When asked how he would combat domestic terrorism and ISIS abroad if elected commander-in-chief, Trump was vague in his response.
“We’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there … we can’t let any more people come into this country,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton asserted that U.S. law enforcement was up to the task of preventing further attacks. The former Secretary of State also blasted Trump’s comments, deeming them counterproductive.
“We know that a lot of rhetoric that we’ve heard from Donald Trump has been seized on by terrorists, including ISIS, because they are looking to make this a war against Islam,” Clinton said.
Clinton added that ISIS’ strategy is to “recruit more fighters to their cause by turning it into a religious conflict.”
The former Secretary of State concluded, “We will defend our country, and we will defeat the evil, twisted ideology of the terrorists … I am the only candidate in this race who has been part of the hard decisions to take terrorists off the battlefield.”