Trump: "No real assimilation” of even second or third generation Muslims in America

"I won't say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close," Trump, the son of an immigrant, told Fox News' Hannity

By Sophia Tesfaye

Published June 15, 2016 2:54PM (EDT)

Trump (Credit: Fox News)
Trump (Credit: Fox News)

Donald Trump, whose mother and wife both immigrated to the United States from Europe, is now suggesting that the children and even grandchildren of Muslim immigrants in the United States are either unable or unwilling to "assimilate" to American life.

Trump's continued campaign of anti-Muslim bigotry showed no signs of slowing even as elected Republican officials finally mustered the courage to condemn Trump's proposed temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States and his recent attempt to pit the LGBTQ community against Muslims in the wake of the shooting massacre at Pulse nightclub this weekend.

Appearing on his favorite Fox News show, "Hannity," Trump continued to blame lax immigration laws for the so-called terror attack in Orlando, arguing that although the gunman was born in the same New York City borough as Trump, because the gunman's family immigrated from a majority Muslim country, he was destined to never fully accept American culture.

“How do we vet somebody's heart and ascertain if they're coming here for freedom or want to indoctrinate and bring theocracy with them?” Hannity asked the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, after noting that gunman Omar Mateen's parents immigrated from Afghanistan in the 1980s.

“Assimilation has been very hard,” Trump replied, in reference to all Muslims who immigrate to the United States. “It's almost, I won't say nonexistent, but it gets to be pretty close."

"I'm talking about second and third generation," he clarified for those who mistakenly thought his bigotry perhaps had some bounds. "They come, they don't— for some reason there's no real assimilation,” he falsely claimed.

“Right,” Hannity said without skipping a beat.

Trump's absurd claim about the patterns of second and third generation Muslim-Americans comes only one day after he accused all Muslims of being complicit in terror attacks carried out in the name of their religion.

"They know what’s going on," Trump claimed in his terror speech Monday, demanding that "the Muslims have to work with us.”

"They know that [Orlando gunman Omar Mateen] was bad. They knew the people in San Bernardino were bad. But you know what? They didn’t turn them in. And you know what? We had death and destruction.”

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.

MORE FROM Sophia TesfayeFOLLOW SophiaTesfaye

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Anti-muslim Bigotry Donald Trump Election 2016 Elections 2016 Fox News Sean Hannity Video