‘They’re being beheaded and they can’t come in?’
By Leo Hohmann for WND
Donald Trump, married three times, the ruthless business titan in reality TV shows, might not appear to be the knight in shining armor that attracts Christian voters in the crowded 2016 Republican primary.
Not at first glance, at least.
But is there something in those steely blue eyes and mop of blond hair, with all his worldly success at making money, that could make him the warrior of the right?
Trump started rising in the polls after making the comment that Mexico is “not sending their best” to America and that among those coming in illegally are a high percentage of rapists, murderers and other violent felons.
But that’s not all Trump is saying. He’s also speaking up for Syria’s persecuted Christians.
Though you won’t read about it in the establishment media, Trump has been making repeated comments about persecuted Christians in Syria and the difficulty they’ve had in coming to the West as refugees or asylum seekers.
At a speech in Las Vegas last weekend, Trump said those persecuted for their Christian faith by Muslims in Syria ought to be brought to America. And, if he were president, he’d make sure they get a one-way ticket to that safe haven.
Trump is now leading the Republican pack in a new July 17 Fox News poll, much to the consternation of the establishment media and those in his own party. His meteoric rise to 18 percent support among likely GOP primary voters is now ahead of second-place Scott Walker with 15 percent, Jeb Bush 14 percent, Rand Paul 8 percent and Marco Rubio 7 percent.
Here is a bit from his speech in Las Vegas:
“If you’re from Syria and you’re a Christian, you cannot come into this country. And they’re the ones that are being persecuted. If you’re Islamic and you come in, hard to believe, you can come in so easily. In fact, it’s one of our main groups of people that are coming in. Not that we should discriminate against one or the other. But if you’re Christian, you cannot get into the country. You cannot get in. I thought that was unbelievable. We have to do something about it.”
He said he was proud of his Christian heritage:
“You know a lot of people don’t know I’m Protestant. Nobody believes me. I’m Presbyterian, can you believe this? Presbyterian. We have to protect our people. They’re being beheaded. And they can’t come in. But other people that aren’t being persecuted, certainly not to the same extent, they can come in, from the same country. Oh I could talk about Syria all day long. Just Syria.”
Watch clip of Donald Trump’s speech in Las Vegas last weekend:
He made similar comments to CBN News in May:
“Well it’s a very big message. First of all I’m protestant. I’m Presbyterian. I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it. If you’re a Christian living in Syria, you can’t come into this country. And yet if you’re a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in. But we have Christians being beheaded all over the world, by ISIS, in Syria and Iraq in particular, and those Christians can’t come into this country. So you say what you want, I mean this is really, something. And that’s a lack of respect, for us. If you’re a Muslim, you can come into the country very eas[ily]. If you’re from Europe and you’re a Muslim, you can come in. But if you’re from Europe and you’re a Christian, you can’t come in, meaning it’s almost impossible. So you tell me about religious liberty and freedom. The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians. Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they’ve had in a long time.”
Listen to Donald Trump’s interview with CBN News:
Trump’s first mention of the plight of Syrian Christians came at the Iowa National Security Conference in May 18, sponsored by Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy. He’s now on a roll and doesn’t appear ready to let up on the issue, as WND has learned that Trump is committed to learning all he can about Christian persecution in the Middle East.
Among U.S.-bound Syrian refugees, Muslims dominate
WND crunched the numbers on Syrian refugees brought to the U.S. over the past 12 months and found Trump’s statements to be generally accurate.
According to the U.S. State Department’s database, 1,003 Syrians entered the U.S. under the refugee resettlement program between July 15, 2014 and July 15, 2015. Of that group, 950, or 94.7 percent, have been Muslim with the vast majority of those being Sunni Muslim. Only 39 people, or 3.8 percent, of refugees from Syria have been Christian.
Part of the problem is that the United Nations chooses more than 95 percent of the refugees destined for America. That has been the structure under which the U.S. has resettled refugees since 1980, when Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, crafted by former Sens. Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden and signed by President Jimmy Carter.
Trump on guns, marriage, abortion
Besides being an advocate for persecuted Christians and trying to bring more of them to the U.S., Trump has also gone on the record as pro-life and pro-gun.
On the issue of marriage, Trump told openly gay MSNBC host Thomas Roberts in November 2013 that he was “evolving” on the issue but remained committed to traditional one-man, one-woman marriage.
“I think really what you have is a very changing stance, and you see it changing very rapidly. If you go back 10 years ago, it’s very different. I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage. I am for traditional marriage. I am for a marriage between a man and a woman,” he told Roberts.
Trump is also playing up his plans to beef up the military.
At the Iowa National Security Action Summit on May 18, about a month before Trump declared his candidacy, he presented his ideas on the military, immigration and trade.
“Did you know ISIS opened a hotel the other day? They’re opening hotels. Can you believe this? And they’re getting the money from the oil. Then we have a guy like Bush, he’s a very nice guy I think. But he couldn’t even answer the question (about Iraq),” Trump said.
He said America is no longer respected in the world.
“What do we have in Iraq? Nothing. We can’t even go there. What did we get? And if you look, back in 2004, I have good judgment. Good financial judgment. Good military judgment. But I have good judgment. And Read it, Reuters 2004 ‘Trump: don’t go into Iraq.’ And I said exactly what was going to happen. I said Iran will take over Iraq, they’ll take over the oil fields, and other bad groups. And I said the meanest, worst human being in the world will take over the whole thing, who hates the United States the most. That’s exactly what happened. It turned out to be ISIS. Doesn’t make me feel any better, but I’m the one who predicted it. The other people, most of them voted for it, like Hillary, like almost all others.”
On immigration and trade
“So we have to do the something for our border,” Trump said. “We have to build our military, we have to take care of our vets, we have to take care of a lot of things, and we have to make our country rich again. Somebody said the other day, ‘Oh that’s not nice. That’s not politically correct right now.’ But we can’t be great unless we’re rich. And right now China and Mexico, and all these other countries, Mexico is killing us at the border but they’re also totally destroying us economically. It’s becoming the car capital of the world. They’re killing us. And their leaders are smarter than our leaders”
‘Our leaders are extremely dumb’
Not only are China’s leaders smarter, the U.S. is producing leaders who are dumb and getting dumber, Trump said.
“They think our leaders are extremely dumb. I happen to agree with them. They can’t even, honestly, believe they get away with it. I’m very friendly with China; they pay me $25 million for an apartment. Am I supposed to dislike them? But the truth is, they can’t believe they get away with it. And I don’t dislike the Chinese. I think they’re wonderful. I mean, frankly, they just have much smarter leaders than our leaders. But you look at what they’re doing from a military standpoint, you look at the navy they’re building, and the armies and all the things they’re building, where they’re having places built in the sea. … I jokingly say to people, ‘You think they got environmental impact statements?’”
Obama trumped by terrorists
Trump wasn’t impressed with Obama’s negotiating skills.
“This is our leaders. We get Bergdahl. They get five killers, and they’re all back on the battlefield now.”
“Our military has been decimated. We’re not getting the kind of equipment we need. It’s incredible,” Trump continued. “We should not have gone to Iraq. But then once we were there, decisions were made to peel out, and then everything collapsed after that.”
And what about Yemen?
“The president stands up and says big victory, big victory Yemen. Great victory. Three weeks later, they got overthrown, and we left 700 million worth of equipment,” Trump said. “Tanks and trucks and armor and planes, we just left it. And the enemy picked it up, for nothing, and people don’t even talk about it. We left it there.”
He’s also not a fan of this country’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
“And then we protect Saudi Arabia. They make a billion dollars a day. So we protect them, and they give us nothing,” Trump said. “Then we have a meeting, and they won’t show up, because they don’t have respect for the country. … You look at that Yemen border, Saudi Arabia’s in trouble, because they haven’t been good fighters. But if Saudi Arabia is making a billion dollars a day, why aren’t they paying us?”
Same goes for South Korea, he said.
“Whenever South Korea has a problem (with communist North Korea), we send our ships over there,” he said.
“They don’t give us anything. … I just ordered 4,000 televisions, can’t buy them in the U.S. They all come from South Korea. South Korea is killing us on trade. You can’t buy a TV made in America.
“So we need to do better on trade. We need better people representing us on trade.”