Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday once again denounced presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s call for a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States.
“I stand by my remarks. I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest,” the Wisconsin Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I do not think it is reflective of our principles.”
Ryan also made a point of saying the LGBT community was specifically targeted in the Orlando terrorist attack early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub. Few Republicans have mentioned the LGBT community in reaction to the attack, the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history.
“Let’s also be clear, members of the LGBT community were the targets,” Ryan said. “They were simply attacked for who they are. This is an ideology that rejects who we are as a country.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Republicans would vote on a package of anti-terrorism bills in response to the attacks. The bills have already passed the chamber separately, but GOP leaders decided to package and pass them again in response to the attacks.