Newt Gingrich on Friday blasted media "hysteria" over his comments calling for the United States to "test" U.S. Muslims and then deport those who believe in Shariah law.
Gingrich in several tweets commented on "amazing distortions" of his remarks, indicating he'd take to Facebook Live, a preferred medium for the former Speaker, to explain his comments.
We clearly need three patterns dealing with Islamist terrorism:for people seeking to get into America,those with green cards, for citizens— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 15, 2016
The hysteria of the media overreaction to my comments on the Nice attack is very https://t.co/udfQQdx84A my facebook live later today— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 15, 2016
"That's the sad thing about Newt Gingrich. He's a very smart man, it's just calculating, pandering and it's really sad," Ellison said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
"He's talking about violent attacks on innocent people. That is what we all must condemn," Ellison said, mentioning people of different faiths. "We have to confront it together."