AFTER NICE, NEWT GINGRICH: MUSLIMS WHO BELIEVE IN SHARIA LAW SHOULD BE DEPORTED.
An attack took place in the French city of Nice at France' national holiday, Bastille Day celebrations. Terrorist drove through citizens gathered in the city center, killing 84 people. Driver identified as 31-year-old Tunisia native, Muhammad Lahouaiej Bouhlel. Following the attack, Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, suggested that Muslims who believe in sharia law should be deported from the United States.In the 2012 US presidential election, Newt Gingrich had taken place in the Republican Party' presidential candidates by the support of Sheldon Adelson, one of the world' richest men and owner of America' largest casino company running in Las Vegas. Adelson and Gingrich met in a cooperation against the trade unions in hotel and casino industry. Thereafter, Adelson made record-breaking donation and had spent $13 million on the fight of Gingrich for the White House.Nevertheless, Gingrich had failed in 2012 presidential campaign and withdrew his candidacy and eventually lost Adelson’s support.Donald Trump, who fight to become Republican presidential nominee in the US presidential election of November 2016, told that Gingrich was on his vice presidential short list. Nevertheless, Indiana Governor Mike Pence seems to be the front-runner since Trump was expected to announce that he is choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, Republican officials had said. But Trump cancelled the planned vice presidential announcement on 15 July after the attack in Nice. Following the latest atrocity in Nice, Gingrichtalked Fox News and said “Every person with a Muslim background should be tested and if they believe in sharia law and deport those who do.” He also added “Modern Muslims who have given up sharia, glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door.”In essence, Gingrich’s comments showed similarities with the Republican presidential candidateDonald Trump' policy towards the Muslim since the Republican presidential nominee proposed if he elected president, he will ban Muslim immigration to the US and declare a war against Islamic countries. And Trump wrote on twitter “Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.”Besides, President Obama condemned the attack in Nice, offering solidarity and partnership to the country. ButGingrich blamed Obama for the attacks and claimed that it was the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what’s right. As remembered, after the Orlando attack, the worst mass shooting in American history, which left 49 people dead, Obama stressedthe need for stronger gun control action.Gingrich even said that Obama would give a press conference blaming trucks for Nice attack.Indeed, Trump also said he would continue to oppose the increase of gun control in the United States.Gingrich is suggesting a move far beyond the views of Trump. In this sense, Gingrich was as the best vice-presidential running mate with Donald Trump. However, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may not have been Donald Trump' choice as a running mate since Trump had chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, putting an end to weeks and months of speculation over who Trump would pick as the vice president. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn were also other shortlisted prospects.Thus,Gingrich isn’t Donald Trump’s pick for vice president. But he isn’t disappointed and isn’t staying silent as the 2016 presidential campaign continues.Nuran YILDIRIM