At a rally in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says the mass assaults on women in Germany on New Year's Eve were related to 'radical Islamic terrorism.' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the "German people are rioting in the streets" after police in the city of Cologne broke up a protest by a far-right group on Saturday (January 9) marching against the influx of asylum seekers. The Cologne protest came one week after over 120 women said they were robbed or assaulted by scores of mostly foreign men who had reportedly amassed near the city's main train station over New Year's Eve. Among the suspects identified in the New Year's Eve assaults were numerous asylum seekers. At an election rally in Iowa, Trump, who has staked out hardline positions on immigration and Muslims, said the mass assaults on women in Cologne were related to "radical Islamic terrorism" and what he said were millions of new recent migrant arrivals to Germany. The assaults, which ranged from sexual molestation to theft, shocked Germany, which took in 1.1 million migrants and refugees in 2015 under asylum laws championed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite fervent opposition. "Poor Germany. They're rioting right now in the streets of Cologne. Rioting. What's gone on is unbelievable with the crime, with the rape, with what's going on in Germany is unthinkable. Here is a country that didn't have these problems, they didn't know about these problems," said Trump. Police in Cologne said around 1,700 people attended the rally organized by the far-right anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, which has seized on the alleged involvement of migrants in the Cologne attacks as proof that Merkel's policy is flawed. Trump, who has proposed temporarily ending all Muslim immigration to the US, said there is a worldwide problem with radical Islam. "As you know last week, two weeks ago, I was very, very strong about solving a very deep-seated problem that we have in this country and throughout the world, and that's radical Islamic terrorism, it's a huge problem," he said, before connecting the issue to the Germany attacks. "Look at what happened in Germany with the tremendous crime with New Year's Eve, with the rapes and all of the carnage that took place in Germany, Germany. And now the German people are rioting in the streets, saying 'what the hell are you doing to us?' We have to solve our problem, and hopefully we can solve it in a really rational, smart way," Trump continued. The group behind the riots in Germany, PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, almost fizzled out last year when its leader resigned after a photo was published of him posing as Adolf Hitler. But its ranks have swelled as resentment spread of Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. In all, about 1,700 police officers were on the streets of Cologne, dwarfing the number on duty during the chaotic scenes of New Year's Eve.