Paul Ryan: ‘We Are A Nation At War With Islamist Terrorists’
Islamic State has taken credit for the murders, which were committed by Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen raised in New York.
“As we heal, we need to be clear-eyed about who did this. We are a nation at war with Islamist terrorists,” Ryan said in a statement. “Theirs is a repressive, hateful ideology that respects no borders.”
The speaker’s office announced Sunday afternoon Ryan called for the flags to be lowered over the Capitol in remembrance of the victims.
“It is a threat to our people at home and abroad,” he continued. “Our security depends on our refusal to back down in the face of terror. We never will.”
said he fears there will be other attacks like it, calling homegrown violent extremists the
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