Gingrich Calls for Testing, Expulsion of US Muslims
He wants them to be checked for 'belief in Sharia'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:30 AM CDT
Updated Jul 15, 2016 5:00 AM CDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich managed to out-Trump Donald Trump in the wake of Thursday night's horrific attack in Nice, calling for nothing less than the ideological testing of all Muslims in the US and the expulsion of those who don't pass muster. "Let me be as blunt and direct as I can be. Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported," Gingrich told Fox News' Sean Hannity, per CNN. "Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens." Gingrich added that Muslims should also have their mosques and online activities monitored.

Gingrich went on to blame the attack on President Obama, saying it was "the fault of Western elites who lack the guts to do what is right, to do what is necessary, and to tell us the truth, and that starts with Barack Obama," the AP reports. He predicted that Obama will give a press conference "in which he'll explain that the problem is too many trucks." Gingrich, who had been in the running to become Trump's VP choice, told Hannity that it now appears that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has gotten the nod, "but I've not been officially told yet." Trump, who spoke to Fox's Bill O'Reilly, didn't go as far as Gingrich, but he said as president, he would ask Congress to declare war on global terrorism, reports the New York Times. "If you look at it, this is war. Coming from all different parts," he said. "And frankly it's war, and we're dealing with people without uniforms." (Trump has delayed his VP announcement, which had been scheduled for Friday morning.)