The White House on Friday blasted Newt Gingrich for his call to "test" American Muslims and deport those who follow shariah law.

"Observations like that, or proposals like that or rhetoric like that are un-American," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.

Earnest urged Gingrich to "consult his copy of the pocket Constitution."

"Our nation was founded on the principle that people can choose to worship as they please without harassment from the government," he said.

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