The Republican politician made his comments in response to Saturday’s terror attack in London which left seven people dead and another 48 injured.
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror,” Higgins, a former law enforcement officer, posted on Facebook on Sunday.
“Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied,” Higgins said. “Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
The post is accompanied by a photo from the scene of the attack on London Bridge. It shows a man with canisters strapped to his body lying on the ground.
He also has a message for other nations: “Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals.”
Higgins’s statement was shared more than 1,800 times and has attracted more than 2,500 comments – many of them harshly critical of Higgins. Misty Johnson said: “Wow, you are no better than a terrorist. I’m more afraid of people like you than a refugee who was vetted for two years by seven Intel agencies.”
Fay Bowen said: “This is the equivalent of the sentiments against Jews, in Nazi Germany!”
Higgins told The Washington Post that he’s surprised that his message was interpreted by some as hateful or an indictment against Islam. He said he didn’t view the post as controversial at all.