President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward MORE on Friday slammed a proposal by Newt Gingrich to “test” American Muslims and deport those who follow Shariah.
“The very suggestion is repugnant and an affront to everything we stand for as Americans,” Obama said at a reception with diplomats at the White House.
Obama said it would undermine freedoms of speech and religion protected by the Constitution.
“We cannot give into fear or turn on each other or sacrifice our way of life,” he said. “We cannot let ourselves be divided by religion, because that is exactly what the terrorists want. We should never do their work for them.”
Gingrich was widely condemned for urging extreme measures against U.S. Muslims in response to Thursday night’s terror attack in Nice, France, which left 84 dead and more than 200 injured.
“We should ... test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Shariah, they should be deported,” he said during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday night.
Obama's attack on me would be more impressive if he had ANY plan to defeat Islamic supremacist.8 years of failure disqualify him as a critic— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 15, 2016