Thursday on Newsmax TV’s “The Hard Line” with Ed Berliner, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said his rival Donald Trump is a “complete idiot” because he proposed unprecedented surveillance of Muslims, possibly with special IDs identifying them as Muslim.
Graham said, “Donald Trump is a complete idiot. All I can tell you is that we are in a religious war. The goal is to win the war. Most people in the faith do not buy what ISIL is selling. I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan 35 times in the last decade. You’ll never convince me they are all the same. I’ve done 140 days on the ground as an Air Force reservist working with people In Iraq and Afghanistan and other places on the rule of law. Very few people want to turn their daughters over to ISIS, so the solution is to hit them over there and not create a country like Donald Trump is indicating. Radical Islam must be destroyed and the way you destroy it is to align yourself with people in the region that are willing to take the fight to radical Islam, but they will only do that with American leadership.”
When asked about a mayor in Virginia’s proposal for internment camps, Graham said, “They are dumber than dirt. Just shut the hell up if you don’t know what you are talking about. The region is ready to be led. If you spend any time in the region, you know that people don’t want to live under the ISIL flag. Thousands of Muslims have died as victims of ISIL. I have lost friends in this war in Iraq and Afghanistan who stand up to these bastards. So people like that and Donald Trump speak it makes the problem worse. If you are looking for a guy to tell you all Muslims are the same, I am not that guy. Here’s what I believe—radical Islam is a cancer on all the world and the entire world needs to fight it, not just the United States, and people in the faith will be part of the team if I’m president. They will go in on the ground with us because ISIL is going to cut their heads off too . The people who are the biggest victims of ISIL are fellow Muslims who reject what they are selling.
He added we need to “Go on the offensive—go hit them over there before they hit us here. Don’t be afraid of the fight, don’t look at Muslims and mosques as the problem. Look at ISIL as the problem. Some mosques are the problem, but look at ISIL as a threat to the homeland, form a regional army — we’ll be part of that regional force — and go in on the ground and destroy them. Take the caliphate away from ISIL is the only way we stay safe. Go in on the ground like we did after al-Qaida attacked us. I want the same for ISIL we had after al-Qaida attacked us on 9/11. Nothing more, nothing less.”