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President Barack Obama clobbered former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday for suggesting that America should deport Muslims who profess a belief in Islamic Sharia law, telling a gathering of diplomats in Washington that the idea is 'repugnant.'
Gingrich, who was at the time vying for Donald Trump's running-mate slot, said Thursday on Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel program that 'we should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported.'
Obama - Thursday - Terror - Attack - France
An indignant Obama used Thursday's deadly terror attack in southern France as a springboard to push back, without naming Gingrich, who lost the Republican vice-presidential nod to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a few hours earlier.
'In the wake of last night's attacks, we've heard more suggestions that all Muslims in America be targeted, tested for their beliefs, some deported or jailed,' Obama grimaced. 'And the very suggestion is repugnant, and an affront to everything we stand for as Americans.'
'We - Way - Life - Religion - Terrorists
'We cannot give in to fear, or turn on each other, or sacrifice our way of life. We cannot let ourselves to be divided by religion, because that's exactly what the terrorists want. We should never do their work for them.'
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Mohamed - Lahouaiej - Bouhlel - Tunisian - People
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French Tunisian, killed more than 80 people including 10 children, in in Nice, France. He drove a 25-ton truck through crowds gathered in the popular French tourist destination while they were celebrating Bastille Day.
He then took at a gun and began to open fire on the hundreds of bystanders before being killed in a shootout with police.
Obama - French - President - Francois - Hollande
Obama said he had spoken to French President Francois Hollande, telling him that 'we pledge to stand with our French friends as we defend our nations against this scourge of terrorism and violence.'
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