Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says European nations are forgetting the "lessons of 9/11" by allowing "alleged-Syrian refugees" into their countries.
Huckabee made the comments while speaking on his $59-a-year podcast, "The Huckabee Exclusive," that he started a month before running for president.
"Many Europeans have also forgotten the lessons of 9/11 as they allow waves of alleged Syrians refugees to stream across their borders and denounce anyone who questions it as being intolerant," declared Huckabee on his paywalled podcast. "Even as some of the newcomers were attacking and cursing police, throwing bottles, and shouting 'Allahu akbar.'"
Earlier in the podcast, Huckabee said it was harder for Americans to get on planes through airport security than for terrorists to get into our country through our "very open borders."
No terrorist have ever been apprehended at the Mexican border, despite claims from some politicians, but a 2011 government report said there was a high risk of terrorist activity at the U.S.'s northern border with Canada.
"It's amazing how much we've forgotten about the enemy we're dealing with," said Huckabee. "Even as ISIS gives us daily reminders of their boundless brutality. This week even saw a slickly-published pro-al-Qaeda magazine openly threatening wealthy Americans such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Yet we keep repeating meaningless gestures of security, while ignoring clean-and-present dangers.
"For instance, we've got a massive, invasive, time-consuming airport security system that has to prove it's politically correct by hauling 98-year-old grandmothers out of wheelchairs and patting down toddlers," continued Huckabee. "Yet, we're scolded for our lack of compassion if we object to foreign nationals streaming into our country across our very open borders. Is that really the lesson that we learned from 9/11?
"To make it harder for law abiding Americans to get on to an airplane than for terrorists to get into America," he added. "Or to believe that we can actually negotiate with terrorists-supporting who chant, 'death to America.' Even as we beg to sign a nuclear agreement that they've repeatedly told us they have no intention of honoring."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at email@example.com.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.