Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump spoke about national security to a crowd of nearly 10,000.
Days after the Paris attacks that shook the world, Trump captivated his audience at the Knoxville Convention Centre by his views on the tragedy and the 2nd Amendment. Trump said to a cheering crowd: “If you had 25 people in there who would have been [armed], it would have been a totally different story, folks. There would have been the shootout at the OK Corral.”
Slamming President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for not referring to the threat from ISIS as “radical Islam,” Trump told his supporters here that it’s time to “talk about” the threat and pledged a more aggressive response if elected president.
“You hear the term radical Islamic terrorism. He won’t say it. He won’t say it,” Trump said referring to Obama. “I mean you can’t solve a problem if you refuse to talk about what the problem is. And he won’t talk about it. I don’t know what ‘s going on with this man. And you know who else won’t talk about it? Hillary. She won’t talk about it.”
Trump also suggested that “weak and ineffective” leadership was to blame for the attacks in Paris, which killed at least 129 people.
“When you’re weak and ineffective, bad stuff does happen. And that’s what we’re seeing,” Trump said at the top of his speech as he opened with the Paris killings, but did not elaborate on the remark.
Stumping Saturday in Beaumont, Texas, Trump first reacted to the terrorist carnage by saying that the tragedy “would’ve been a much, much different situation” if Paris had looser gun laws.
“If you have 25 people in there with guns, OK, it would’ve been a totally different story,” Trump said Monday, before pivoting to the need to protect the Second Amendment at home.
Trump’s speech Monday drew 9,750 people to the Knoxville Convention Center, according to the venue’s general manager, Mary Bogert. The animated crowd was a welcome sight for Trump, who has seen several of his competitors surging in the polls, endangering his months-long lead at the top of the GOP presidential pack.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is now neck-and-neck with Trump nationally and in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa. And Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are steadily climbing to the top-tier of the pack, with the media narrative shifting to a potential contest between the two Cuban-American senators.