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Conservatives Spout Hateful Rhetoric In Wake Of Brussels Attacks

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 22/03/2016 Willa Frej

Many people opened their hearts and their doors to those affected by Tuesday's Brussels attacks that killed more than 30 and injured at least 200 people on Tuesday. Some even donated blood.

But prominent conservatives used the tragedy to draw links with refugees and border closures, and promote other extremist agendas. It's an eery reminder of the hateful rhetoric that abounded in the wake of the November attacks on Paris, when more than half of U.S. governors demanded to stop all Syrian refugee arrivals.

Here's a selection of some of the most shameful comments:

Republican presidential front-runnerDonald Trump expanded on his proposed security measures.

"I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what is going on. Look at Brussels, look at Paris, look at so many cities that were great cities," he said on Fox News.

As for how to interrogate the attack perpetrators, he told NBC News that "waterboarding would be fine and if they could expand the laws." "I would do a lot more than waterboarding," he added. "You have to get the information and you have to get it rapidly."

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front party, called for the “complete closure of the Franco-Belgian border” in a statement released Tuesday.

She added that France needs to better deal with areas that are "not upright, "like the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek -- where the suspected Paris attacks planner Salah Abdeslam was arrested.   Le Pen urged  a “vast police operation to investigate these neighborhoods and  recommended “clearing out everyone’s basements, the government has been way too lax so far."

A conservative British media personality blatantly blamed refugees for the attacks:

Another prominent British journalist even used the tragedy to call for Britain to exit the European Union, in a Twitter post that Nigel Farage, the leader of the conservative U.K. Independence Party retweeted.

A French former journalist implied that Muslim extremists were responsible for the attacks, telling his Twitter followers that neo-Nazis likely weren't responsible:


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