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Paul Ryan: ‘We Are A Nation At War With Islamist Terrorists’

A peacekeeper of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) holds a position near the border with Syria in the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on April 17, 2016. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights would "forever" remain in his country's hands as his cabinet held its first meeting in the territory. / AFP / JALAA MAREY        (Photo credit should read JALAA MAREY/AFP/Getty Images)
said the nation can’t back down against Islamist extremism following the attack at a gay nightclub Sunday killing 50 and injuring 53.

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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