Donald Trump today went Full Cold War on those great unwashed and unwhite masses of immigrants just itchin' to come to our shores and stir up some Radical Islamic Terrorism. How are we going to protect the United states? Extreme Vetting.
The New York Times reports that his latest flight of white supremacist fancy "invoked comparisons to the Cold War era in arguing that the United States must wage an unrelenting ideological fight if it is to defeat the Islamic State."
Trump says if he's elected president, he will halt immigration from "the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world," and determine who is an American ally "solely on their participation in America's mission to root out Islamic terrorism."
"Just as we won the Cold War, in part by exposing the evils of communism and the virtues of free markets, so too must we take on the ideology of radical Islam," he said in a speech at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where he is losing to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
He again tried to change his politically inflammatory approach to immigration, replacing his 2015 vow to bar Muslims from entering the United States with a new commitment to bar anyone from parts of the world where terrorism breeds. Once again, he did not name those countries, or say whether citizens of longtime allies where terrorists have plotted and executed attacks — Germany, France and Belgium among them — would be included.
Mr. Trump, who has pledged to build a wall along the border with Mexico, also said he would call for "extreme vetting" of immigrants that would include requiring them to respond to a questionnaire with an "ideological test."
Over all, he appeared to be arguing for the kind of terrorism-centric foreign policy that President George W. Bush adopted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
"We will also work closely with NATO on this new mission," said Trump. His ISIS remarks earlier this summer were publicly criticized even by some of his fellow Republicans.