As Trump eloquently argued, the United States should only welcome refugees and immigrants who subscribe to such quintessentially American notions as religious pluralism, tolerance for cultures different from one’s own, and respect for the rights of others. Such a policy would help weed out radical Muslims from moderates, and allow law enforcement to better protect our nation from would-be infiltrators:
“Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government, and our American culture, is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt it.
This approach will not only make us safer, but bring us closer together as a country.
Renewing this spirit of Americanism will help heal the divisions in our country. It will do so by emphasizing what we have in common – not what pulls us apart.
Trump’s remarks echo those he made in the immediate aftermath of the terror attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last month, when he said: ‘Radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American. I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, and Jewish people, are the targets of persecution and intimidation by Radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence.’
He made similar remarks about the need to protect the ‘LGBTQ community’ from radical Islamic terror in his speech to the Republican National Convention last month.”