Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have no plans to win a war "that we can't afford to lose" against radical Islamist terrorism, and President Barack Obama "has been a pathetically weak commander in chief" when it comes to the issue, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday while discussing their responses to the Orlando shootings that claimed 49 lives over the weekend.
"Trump's idea that we're going to win the war against radical Islam by banning all Muslims, I guess now American citizens who are Muslims make it harder to win the war," the South Carolina Republican told Fox News' Bill Hemmer on the "America's Newsroom"
"I've been to Iraq and Afghanistan 37 times," said Graham, a former GOP presidential candidate. "Most Muslims are not buying what radical Islam is selling. It is our job to partner with people in the faith, like the king of Jordan and the president of Egypt to destroy radical Islam over there before it comes here. "
But at the same time, Clinton's call for gun control also won't win the war against radical Islam, Graham said.
"She's calling for banning assault weapons," said Graham. "If gun control would protect our country against radical Islamic attack, there would be no Paris or Brussels. The Europeans have the strongest gun control laws in the world. It didn't protect them in Paris where over 100 people were killed."
Obama, meanwhile, is "always marginalizing" radical Islam rather than dealing with it, said Graham.
"We have a president who's on the defensive when it comes to his policies to destroy radical Islam," said Graham. "They're not working."
And instead of saying to the nation that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, who declared his allegiance to the Islamic State while committing the shootings, had been interviewed three times by the FBI, Obama has been "trying to marginalize the relationship between this man and radical Islam," said Graham.
Further, the senator blamed the rise of ISIS as "a result of Obama's failed foreign policy in Iraq and Syria," and his decision to go ahead with the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
The FBI should have continued its surveillance of Mateen, said Graham, but Obama has "turned the war into a crime. I'm not fighting a crime, I'm fighting a war ... this is what Obama doesn't understand, this is what Clinton doesn't understand."
Meanwhile, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,
another ex-presidential candidate, said he agrees with Graham's assessment on gun control not affecting the eventual outcome of terrorist attacks.
"Let's keep in mind that most of the time these kind of gun crimes happen in gun-free Zones, and the most dangerous cities for gun crime are the cities that have the tightest gun control," said Huckabee on the program. "Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, New York City. It's not like Texas where people pretty much will be armed and protect themselves."
He also decried Democrats who walked out of the House of Representatives on Monday rather than observe a moment of silence
for the Orlando victims.
"I don't know why they couldn't have just paused for a moment," said Huckabee. "There's plenty of time for politics. And I think it's like going to a funeral and standing up and yelling that you didn't like the way the estate was divided. It's just inappropriate, incredibly inappropriate."
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