Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is calling the revival of a controversial committee to ferret out suspect terrorists, or, in his words, “Islamic supremacists.”
The House Committee on Un-American Activities was created in 1938, originally to go after Nazis and their sympathizers. However, the congressional body was later disbanded after it was (mis)used to harass and blacklist Hollywood actors, activists and writers accused of having Communist ties.
President Harry S. Truman even called the committee “the most un-American thing in the country” in 1959.
But Gingrich’s still thinks HUAC needs to come back.
"We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis," he said during an appearance on Fox and Friends. "We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis. We're going to presently have to go take the similar steps here."
After Trump shamelessly exploited the massacre in Orlando to further his political agenda against Muslim immigrants coming to the United States, Gingrich not only expressed his agreement with the foul-mouthed media mogul but also added his two-cents by suggesting the revival of HUAC.
“San Bernardino, Fort Hood and Orlando involve American citizens,” he added. “We’re going to ultimately declare a war on Islamic supremacists and we’re going to say, if you pledge allegiance to ISIS, you are a traitor and you have lost your citizenship. And we’re going take much tougher positions.”