Incoming White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Thursday hit back at detractors of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed “extreme vetting” for Muslims entering the US.
Conway said on Fox News viewers should visit Trump’s website to view his plan to create a commission to “identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of Radical Islam,” establish new screening procedures, and suspend immigration from “volatile regions of the world.”
“We need better vetting policies in these countries the train, harbour, and export terrorists. And now Germany is up there with Italy and Belgium, certainly, and France, and may I say, the United States of America in terms of succumbing to these awful random terror attacks that are inspired by ISIS, if not carried out by ISIS,” Conway said.
She continued: “He’s talked about vetting and people just, they get crazy. They say, ‘Oh my god, he can’t do that.’ Well why not? If you know there is reasonable cause here, then why would we just look the other way?”
In Thursday’s interview, Conway also fell back on old habits, taking a factually dubious shot at defeated opponent Hillary Clinton’s for her refusal to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” a term that President Barack Obama has refused to use because he does not want to “lump these murderers into the billion Muslims that exist around the world, including in this country, who are peaceful, who are responsible.”
“You have to be willing to name it to defeat it,” Conway said.
She continued: “At Hillary Clinton’s convention in July, she referred to radical Islamic terrorists as ‘Our determined enemies.’ She wouldn’t even call them terrorists, let alone radical Islamic, or at least tell us who they are. You can’t defeat them until you name them. And he at least is willing to do that.”
For his part, Trump on Wednesday did not directly deny that he was considering his former plan to ban all Muslims from entering the US.
Asked by a reporter in Florida whether a recent attack in Berlin caused him to “rethink or reevaluate” his plans to create a Muslim registry or ban Muslim immigrants altogether, Trump praised his evaluation of the terrorist threat, though he did not elaborate on what his plans were.
“You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right. 100% correct. What’s happening is disgraceful,” Trump said.
Watch a clip below, via Fox News:
.@KellyannePolls: People get crazy when Mr. Trump talks about better vetting. Why look the other way when you know terrorism is on the rise? pic.twitter.com/OmCTUZUmzB
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