Following the deadly truck attack in Nice, France, Thursday night, Newt Gingrich said the USA should "test every person here who is of a Muslim background" to see if they pose a threat to the country.
"When former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggests that American Muslims be subjected to an Inquisition-style religious test and then expelled from their homes and nation, he plays into the hands of terror recruiters and betrays the American values he purports to uphold", said CAIR's national executive director, Nihad Awad.
"Western civilization is in a war", Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity, hours after a truck mowed down French Bastille Day celebrants in Nice, killing at least 80. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilisation. He also said Thursday that the USA should embrace "modern Muslims who have given up Sharia". Regardless of what faith he belonged to, Gingrich's statement is in violation with the First Amendment -which states "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" - by demanding the deportation of Muslims, which also include natural born citizens belonging to Muslim families.
Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly it would "be just fine" for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops to launch a ground and war offensive against terrorist targets, and said if president, he would seek a formal declaration of military action from Congress. "This is war", he said. "The second step is you have to monitor what they're doing on the Internet". He goes on to say "anybody who goes on a website favoring ISIS or Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups, that should be a felony". How are you going to test me? Where do you think the primary source of recruitment is? "And that starts with President Obama", he soon added. "Where do you think the primary place of indoctrination is?"
If they do, he said, they should be deported - even if they're US citizens.
The 73-year-old Republican was a front-runner to be Donald Trump's running mate, a position now looking likely to go to Indiana Governor Mike Pence.