Trump Calls for 'Ideological Warfare' to Defeat Radical Islam

By Susan Jones | August 16, 2016 | 5:35am EDT
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Youngstown, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

( - "Just as we won the Cold War in part by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of radical Islam," Republican Donald Trump told an audience in Youngstown, Ohio on Monday.

"Military, cyber and financial warfare will all be necessary to dismantle Islamic terrorism. But we must use ideological warfare as well."

Trump said his administration would be a friend to all moderate Muslim reformers in the Middle East and would amplify their voices. But he would also "speak out against the oppression of women, gays and people of different beliefs."

"This includes speaking out against the horrible practice of honor killings, where women are murdered by their relatives for dressing, marrying or acting in a way that violates fundamentalist teachings."

Trump called it shocking that the "tradition" of honor killings has reach U.S. shores, and he called for a new immigration policy:

"We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people. In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. I call it extreme vetting. I call it extreme, extreme vetting. Our country has enough problems. We don't need more."

Trump said he would screen out those who sympathize with terrorists as well as people who have a "hostile attitude" toward the U.S. or who believe Islamic law should supplant U.S. law.

"Those who did not believe in our Constitution or who support bigotry and hatred will not be admitted for immigration into our country. "Only those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant American society should be issued visas."

Trump called for a temporary suspension of immigration from places "that have a history of exporting terrorism. Not for us. Not for us," he said to applause.

Trump said one of his first acts as president would be to establish a "commission on radical Islam," which would include "reformist" Muslims.

"The goal of the commission will be to identify and explain to the American public the core convictions and beliefs of radical Islam, to identify the warning signs of radicalization, and to expose the networks in our society that support radicalization."

He said he would keep Guantanamo Bay open for the interrogation of high-value prisoners, who would be tried by military commissions. And he said he would continue President Obama's practice of killing the enemy with drone strikes.

"The support networks for radical Islam in this country will be stripped out and removed one by one, viciously if necessary. Viciously if necessary.

"Immigration offices will also have their powers restored," Trump continued. "Those who are guests in our country that are preaching hate will be asked to return home immediately, and if they don't do it, we will return them home."

In addition to rooting out Islamic extremism, Trump said Americans must "promote the exceptional virtues of our own way of life."

"We have an exceptional country, and exceptional way of life," Trump said.

"Pride in our institutions, our history, and our values should be taught by parents and teachers, and impressed upon all of those who come into our society and want to join our society. Assimilation is not an act of hostility, but an expression of compassion. Our system of government and our American culture is the best in the world and will produce the best outcomes for all who adopt them."

Trump said his approach will make the nation safer and more united.

"We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all of its many ugly forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people. Only this way will we make America great again, and safe again, for everyone."

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