As news about the terror attack in Nice, France, reached Fox News, Newt Gingrich reacted on air with Sean Hannity. His comments—"let me be as blunt and as direct as I can be"— quickly enflamed the internet, as a bipartisan contingent of thoughtful writers and ruthless comedians alike took umbrage at Gingrich's proposals:

Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization. Modern Muslims who have given up Sharia, glad to have them as citizens. Perfectly happy to have them next door. But we need to be fairly relentless about defining who are enemies are.