Hillary Clinton calls out Jerry Falwell Jr. for "giving aid and comfort to ISIS"

The Liberty University president implored students to get concealed carry permits and "end those Muslims"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published December 7, 2015 3:29PM (EST)

  (Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich)
(Reuters/Mark Kauzlarich)

On Friday, the FBI announced it was investigating the deadly attack in San Bernardino, California, last week as a terrorist incident. At his mandatory thrice-weekly convocation, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. made an appearance before thousands of students and faculty to encourage them to acquire concealed carry permits to "end those muslims."

"Let's teach them a lesson if they ever show up here," Falwell said, referring to last Wednesday's terror-related attack. "I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them," he said.

“It just blows my mind when I see the President of the United States say that the answer to [San Bernardino] is more gun control,” Falwell told students during Friday night’s weekly convocation. “If some of those people in that community center had had what I’ve got in my back pocket right now,” he went on to raucous applause in the arena. “Is it illegal to pull it out? I don’t know,” he joked.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to get your permit. We offer a free course,” Falwell told the Liberty University students.

Falwell told The Washington Post that he has had a concealed-carry permit for about a year, but decided for the first time Friday to carry a .25 pistol because of the attacks in San Bernardino on Wednesday, adding that he still needs to find a holster for his pistol:

During an interview on ABC News on Sunday, Hillary Clinton said rhetoric like Falwell’s will only “aid and comfort” ISIS.

“This is the kind of deplorable not only hateful response to a legitimate security issue,” Clinton told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. “But it is giving aid and comfort to ISIS and other radical jihadists,” Clinton said.

"Declaring war on Islam or demonizing the Muslim-American community is not only counter to our values, it plays right into the hands of terrorists," Clinton said later in the day at at the Brookings Institute's Saban Forum, according to The Hill.

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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