The man who attacked Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, was a U.S. citizen born in the state of New York.
But that fact did not stop Florida Governor Rick Scott from saying he wanted tougher immigration laws, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He also said he wants to rid the state of “radical Islam.”
“It’s evil,” he told the AJC. “I’m responsible for 20 million people in my state and 100 million tourists. I don’t want radical Islam in my state.”
President Barack Obama is set to visit the state on Thursday in the wake of Sunday morning’s attack, which killed 49 people and was biggest domestic terrorist attack since 9/11.
Scott has been a frequent critic of Obama and agreed with GOP candidate Donald Trump, who drew wide criticism for insinuating that Obama committed treason by aiding ISIS with the attack on Orlando.
“I think what he’s saying is – we have to have a president that is going to focus day-in and day-out on something that’s important to our country. Is he destroying ISIS?” Scott had said on the statement. “I support Donald Trump because I believe he’s a businessperson that’s going to get the economy going, but also he’s going to focus on how we destroy ISIS.”
Scott has complained that Obama did not personally call him in the wake of the attack.