Donald Trump shamed his rival Hillary Clinton for not calling radical Islamic terrorists deplorable, but rather, calling millions of Americans who support his campaign “racists” and “deplorables.”
Clinton “talks tougher about my supporters than she does about radical Islamic terrorists,” Trump jabbed during his campaign rally in Estero, Florida — outside of Fort Myers — on Monday afternoon. “Has she ever talked that way about radical Islam?”
The Republican nominee began his campaign event by speaking about the recent terrorist attacks in Minnesota, New York City, and New Jersey over the weekend, saying, “These attacks and many others were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system, which fails to properly vet and screen.”
“Let me state very, very clearly, immigration security is national security,” he declared. “My opponent has the most open borders policy of anyone ever to seek the presidency.”
Trump alleged that as secretary of state, Clinton allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to be released into the United States because their home countries wouldn’t take them back. “She did nothing about it. Now, she wants a 550 percent increase in Syrian refugees above the high numbers we already have.”
The crowd roared with boos.
“All together, her plan would bring in 620,000 refugees in her first term with no effective way to screen them or vet them,” he suggested, estimating that Clinton’s plan would cost more than $400 billion in terms of entitlement costs for the refugees.
“She very much caused the problem,” he said of Clinton’s record. “She is a weak and ineffective person.”
“You can’t have vetting if you don’t look at ideology,” he added, explaining that he only supports immigration that uplifts America.
Trump read “The Snake,” as he has done in the past, to demonstrate his belief that the U.S. must be careful about who is allowed into the country.
Prior to Trump taking the stage, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warmed up the crowd.
“We are in an election struggle between a first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state, who is totally out of touch with reality and whose policies put America at risk and a remarkable entrepreneurial leader,” he stated, referencing the choice between Clinton and Trump this November.
“No one in American history has organized a popular movement on this scale,” he touted about Trump.
Newt Gingrich says the turnout for Trump's rally near Fort Myers "leads me to believe that I have a hunch who's going to carry Florida."
— Thomas Kaplan (@thomaskaplan) September 19, 2016
The Real Clear Politics polling average shows Trump has a slight lead over Clinton in the sunshine state.