Back in January, Donald Trump cited Brussels as an example where Muslims entering the Western world refused to assimilate, and would rather practice Sharia Law.
He told Maria Bartiromo: “There is something going on, Maria. Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on. You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hellhole right now.”
Or as the New York Times reported it “Donald Trump Finds New City to Insult: Brussels. They quoted the Mayor of Brussels as saying “We don’t react to Mr. Trump’s comments. Have a nice day.”
We still don’t know much about the attackers except that ISIS has taken credit for them, but Trump isn’t going to let the media live this one down. As quoted by Politico, his response to the attacks was basically “told you so,” using them to reaffirm his strict border policies:
“We have no idea what’s happening. Our government has absolutely no idea what’s happening, but they’re coming into our country,” predicted Trump, offering no further evidence or specificity. “They’re coming in by the thousands and just watch what happens — I’m a pretty good prognosticator — just watch what happens over the years. It won’t be pretty.”
“This is what I’ve been saying for a long time, and I guess it’s at least a small part of the reason why I’m the No. 1 front-runner,” he told “Fox & Friends” in a phone interview. “I mean, people are very concerned about this, and they’re very concerned about the security of this country.”
Even the hosts of The View were shocked that they were admitting Donald Trump was the voice of reason on this issue. When attacks like these come to the U.S., would you rather him have in the White House, or Hillary Clinton? If her Benghazi response time is any indicator, I think the answer is clear.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12