American icon, entertainer and Muscular Dystrophy ambassador Jerry Lewis blasted President Barack Obama’s understanding of the Islamic State (ISIS), praised GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, saying the United States should not allow in Syrian refugees in an interview aired on Eternal Word Television Network.
Trump has called for a moratorium on Muslims entering the United States until the government can be assured terrorists aren’t getting in. Other Republicans have criticized him singling out Muslims, but have said Syrian refugees shouldn’t be accepted over fears ISIS members are embedded among them.
Lewis agreed, telling Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN’s “World Over,” the “refugees should stay where the hell they are.”
“No one has worked harder for the human condition than I have, but they’re not part of the human condition,” Lewis said. “If 11 guys in the group of 10,000 are ISIS, how can I take the chance? I don’t want to lose another Frenchman or another Englishman. That bothers me.”
Obama has said the United States will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country where ISIS is headquartered.
Obama doesn’t truly understand the threat of ISIS, Lewis said.
“He was never prepared for it, and what I’m watching in him is uncertainty,” he said. “And you can’t have uncertainty in a leader.”
Lewis suggested a military solution in concert with America’s allies in Europe.
“Why don’t we have Germany and Italy and Great Britain, why don’t have all of them, including Spain, doing something?” he said. “Get all of your military together, bring that military to our military and wipe them out.”
ISIS is “asking to be stopped, and we’re not stopping them,” Lewis said. “We’re just reporting what they’re doing. It’s ridiculous.”
About 47 minutes into the interview Lewis said he thinks Trump is “great” and would bring something new to the Oval Office.
“He’s a showman and we’ve never had a showman in the president’s chair,” Lewis said.