ISIS fighters have claimed responsibility for a string of deadly terror attacks that shook Brussels this morning. While the details of the heinous attack are not yet entirely clear, reports find that at least 20 were killed in an airport bombing, while 14 were killed in an explosion at a frequented metro station. In addition, nearly 200 people have been reported injured, and that number is expected to climb as new developments arise.
Global leaders have spoken about the matter, expressing a need for solidarity in challenging and treacherous times. Barack Obama told the world this morning that he would be willing to provide any support necessary to investigate the bombings and put the assailants to justice.
While he is not (yet) a global leader, Donald Trump chimed in on the matter this morning as well. Speaking on Fox Business with Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Jerry Baker, Trump doubled down on his previous comments regarding the need to halt Muslim immigration to the U.S.
“Frankly, look, we’re having problems with the Muslims, and we’re having problems with Muslims coming into the country,” Trump noted, referring the San Bernardino shooters.
“You need surveillance, you have to deal with the mosques whether you like it or not,” he furthered. “These attacks aren’t done by Swedish people, that I can tell you.”
It is more than likely that Trump’s rhetoric will appeal to an even greater voter base in the wake of the attacks in Brussels. His no-nonsense security policies may be extreme, but in a time of fear and panic, many voters will be drawn toward Trump’s platform.
What do you think of Trump’s response to the Brussels attacks?