Fox's Newt Gingrich Wants To “Test” Airport Employees To See If They Practice “Sharia”

Fox's Newt Gingrich Wants To “Test” Airport Employees To See If They Practice “Sharia”

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From the May 19 edition of Fox News' The Kelly File:

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SANDRA SMITH (GUEST HOST): Are you confident in this country's ability to vet the workers at our airports? 

NEWT GINGRICH: No. No.

SMITH: Are you confident in TSA's ability to --

GINGRICH: No.

SMITH -- monitor weapons, bombs, anything that might get through our airports? 

GINGRICH: Well, I draw a distinction. I think overall the odds are pretty good, the high 99 percent, that you can stop people who are stupid from bringing in weapons through TSA. I think that's pretty good. But the idea that -- we don't even have the right standards. You know, the first test -- and this is very hard to do -- the first test ought to be, are we dealing with people who believe in Sharia and who want to impose Islamic supremacism? We don't have any tests for that. In fact, the current administration would say that that was an Islamophobic comment and therefore was totally inappropriate. They've trained the FBI and others not even to think like this. So we had, I think, a number of people, for example, who had worked in the Minneapolis airport who went to Syria, and we were just very fortunate. If they'd wanted to, they would have done more damage, frankly, staying at the Minneapolis airport than they did by going to Syria. 

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