Historian and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich delivered a scorching message to an equally passionate Cleveland crowd Wednesday night, regarding “the accumulating atrocities” of radical Islamic terrorists, and the danger of becoming “numb” to the situation which he defined as a war, during his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention.
As the C-Span video shows, Gingrich expressed his own opinion to the angry conventioneers about the severely booed preceding speaker, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who despite chants from the New York delegation to “endorse Trump,” as reported by WMUR, failed to do so. Gingrich hit the crowd hard with his own message then.
“Keeping America safe is the first responsibility of the American President,” Gingrich told the GOP crowd in Cleveland. “There have been many fascinating things to watch about the extraordinary historic rise of Donald Trump. But the most significant has been Donald Trump’s courage to tell some important truths about our national security. ”
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives then made an announcement. “We are at war with radical Islamists. They are determined to kill us, they are stronger than we admit, and there is no substitute for victory.”
“In contrast to Donald Trump, our national security and foreign policy elites, led by Hillary Clinton, are incapable are speaking with such honesty. While they lie about the threat, we need to tell the truth about the danger,” said Gingrich. And then he described the enemy he sees.
‘If our enemies had their way…’
“If our enemies had their way, not a single woman in this room could define her future. If our enemies had their way, gays, lesbians and transgender citizens would be put to death as they are today in the Islamic State in Iran. If our enemies had their way, every person on earth would be subject to conversion by the sword and to a cruel and violent system of law. There would be no individual liberty. There would be no equality. There would be no freedom.”
He gave examples of the most recent terrorist attacks for those who would argue with him, but the media is filled with the events Gingrich cited. Those include the ax and knife attack by an Afghan refugee in Germany on Monday, in which officials discovered in the dead man’s room a “flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” according to Aljazeera news.
Gingrich also cited the cargo truck massacre in Nice, France carried out by a Tunisian man which killed 84 innocent men, women, and children. The attacker, also described as “an ISIS fanatic,” chose to slam through the crowds celebrating Bastille Day, according to the story in the UK Daily Mail. The attacks in Bangladesh and Baghdad were also cited as evidence of the war, by the former Speaker of the House. Among the dead in Bangladesh, after the commando raid to rescue the hostages, were nine Italians, an American, seven Japanese and an Indian, according to the report over at Aljazeera news. They had been “hacked to death,” according to a quote from an army spokesman.
Orlando and San Bernardino
But here in America, we are also aware of other attacks by terrorists claiming affiliations with the Islamic State or Caliphate. Consider just two American cities, Orlando and San Bernardino, in which the Daily Beast reported that law-enforcement officials informed them that immediately before starting their massacres, the terrorists all pledged allegiance to “the Islamic State.”
“We’ve let ourselves grow numb to these accumulating atrocities. One analysis estimated that since January of 2015, some 30,000 people have been killed at the hands of terrorists,” Gingrich said. “Let’s be clear. Donald Trump is right. We are at war with radical Islamists. We are losing the war, and we must change course to win the war.”
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