Donald Trump: Orlando Terrorist Born in America, ‘His Ideas Were Born from Someplace Else’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at The Fox Theatre on June 15, 2016 in Atlanta
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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump says the Orlando terrorist may have been born in the United States, but “his ideas were born from someplace else,” and stressed the need for America to be respected and a smart country in dealing with the threat of terrorism.

“We have to be respected. We’re not respected by these people. They come into our country. They want to take it over,” Trump told his supporters during his campaign rally in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday.

Trump pointed to Germany as an example of a country that let in thousands of refugees from the Middle East, but is now having increased assaults and crime.

“They’re leaving. They’re crime rate is through the roof,” Trump said of the German people. “And you see what’s happening to women,” he added of the alleged sexual assaults by the migrants and refugees.

“It was a horrific mistake,” he stressed. “If Germany had it to do again, I don’t think she would ever admit it and lets see how she does in the next election…I’m sure they would have put up billions of dollars to do what I said — safe zones.”

“Anything is cheaper and anything is better than what’s going on now,” he added. “But you look at what’s going on in Paris…all over…they don’t want to talk about it.”

“We don’t have to have these problems,” Trump said of America not ending up like Germany, touting his proposal to ban certain people from entering the United States. “What I’m saying is it’s a temporary ban in particular for certain people coming from certain [places with terrorism].”

“We have to put a stop to it until we find out what the hell is going on,” Trump stressed. “We don’t know even a little bit what’s going on and we have to be the smart country now.”

“We have to check other places” and mosques, Trump suggested, “It’s going to eat our country alive. We can be weak and we can be ineffective like we are now,” about not solving the problem.