Donald Trump uses Florida rally to incorrectly blame foreign born Muslims over Pulse shooting
President-elect Donald Trump has used a rally in Florida to attack non-US born “radical Islamic terrorists” in relation to the Pulse nightclub shooting.
HIs comments come despite that Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and injured 53 more, was born in Queens, and not outside of the US.
Trump said in his speech: “Let me keep this as clearly as I can: I am going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.”
He went on to say that he plans to suspend immigration in areas where people entering the US “cannot be safely processed” using “extreme vetting”.
Trump also used the speech in Orlando in front of 11,000 people, to thank Florida, a state which he won in November.
“I’m here today for one main reason, to say ‘thank you’ to the incredible people of Florida,” Trump told revelers.
“In many ways, Florida is my second home. In many ways, it’s my first home,” he added.
“You were nasty and mean and vicious, and you wanted to win,” he said of predictions that he would not win in Florida. “Now, the same crowd … You’re laid back and mellow and basking in the glory of victory.”
Trump is still yet to visit the site of the Pulse shooting which saw 49 people killed.
Dozens of friends and family members of the 49 people shot and killed in the Pulse shooting, as well as survivors of the mass shooting, attended the site of the incident last Monday.
Gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 in the terrorist hate crime attack, which saw Mateen open fire inside the Pulse gay bar in Orlando, Florida.
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