As the media obsesses over Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump being featured in a terrorist group’s recruitment video, Trump cut to the core of the issue.
“I have to say what I have to say,” said Trump, noting that it was not until he called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the United States that national and world leaders began examining the problem seriously.
Appearing on Face the Nation on Sunday, Trump was questioned by host John Dickerson over a video released by an ISIS associated terrorist organization, Al Shabaab, that makes reference to Trump’s comments. Trump stood his ground.
“Look, there is a problem,” Trump replied. “I bring it up. Other people have called me. And they say, ‘You have guts to bring it up, because, frankly, it’s true.’ But nobody wants to get involved.”
Trump said his words have been a catalyst.
“Now people are getting involved. People that are on different persuasions than me right now, John, are saying, you know, maybe Trump isn’t wrong. We want to examine it. There’s a lot of bad stuff going on,” he said.
“I’m watching the news tonight, actually, CBS, and so many of the elements — you look at Germany, you look at Brussels, you look all over the world. They’re shutting down cities that never had a problem before. They’re shutting down countries that never had a problem before,” he said.
“You look at Paris, what happened. You look at California, what happened. John, maybe it’s not politically correct. There’s a big problem out there. And we have to solve the problem,” he said.
When pressed by Dickerson about a terrorist group using him in a recruitment video, Trump shifted perspectives on Dickerson.
“They use other people, too. What am I going to do? I have to say what I have to say. And you know what I have to say? There’s a problem. We have to find out what is the problem and we have to solve that problem,” he said.
Asked whether the West was on a collision course with radical Islam, Trump replied, “I think that radical Islam may be on a collision course with us.”
“It is a very, very deep-seated hatred that’s going on,” Trump explained. “I mean, you have a hatred, like people, where they’re willing to give their lives, they’re willing to walk in — I have to tell you, it is so big. It is the biggest thing there is right now. When I watch President Obama say global warming is our biggest problem, it’s just so sad to watch. And he doesn’t want to use the words “radical Islam”. He doesn’t want to use anything having to do with “radical” and “Islam”. So, until he’s willing to admit the problem — how can…