Ryan: ‘We Are At War With Islamist Terrorists’
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement on the terrorist attack at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday Morning.
The gunman called into 9/11 and pledged his allegiance to terrorist groups, such as the so-called Islamic State and their ideological enemies. Rather than focusing on the fact that this attack was so deadly because of the legally-purchased weapons the gunman had, Ryan focused on the loose terror connection.
“As we heal, we need to be clear-eyed about who did this,” Ryan said in the statement. “We are a nation at war with Islamist terrorists. Theirs is a repressive, hateful ideology that respects no borders. It is a threat to our people at home and abroad. Our security depends on our refusal to back down in the face of terror. We never will,” he said in a statement.
From the Hill:
Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) before carrying out the assault, reportedly with an AR 15-style assault rifle and a handgun. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, saying over an encrypted phone that it was carried out by one of its fighters.
President Obama, in a statement from the White House issued Sunday afternoon, called it an “act of terror and an act of hate.” The killings took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub, during Pride Month.
Obama also vowed a full investigation of the attack and canceled a planned campaign event in Wisconsin on Wednesday with Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, ripped Obama for not calling it an act of radical Islamic terrorism.
Ryan refrained from criticism of Obama in his statement but said the U.S. was at war with Islamic terrorism.