Donald Trump ‘Not Opposed’ Then ‘Absolutely’ Wants Database, ID Cards For Muslims
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said “absolutely” he would consider a database or ID cards to track and monitor Muslims living in the U.S., not unlike the sort of identifying marks Nazis forced upon Jewish men and women during World War II. In an interview with Yahoo Politics Thursday, Trump, the leading Republican candidate for the presidential nomination, said we must consider “drastic measures” in order to monitor Muslims living here.
Asked if that may include registering Muslim men and women in a database or using special ID cards, Trump did not rule it out. “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely,” Trump said when presented with the idea. “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.” “We’re going to have to do things we never did before,” he continued. “And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think now that everybody is feeling security is going to rule.” Trump, apparently unaware of one of the worst atrocities in human history (ya know, the Holocaust), added that we may have to do the “unthinkable” when it comes to limiting the freedom and civil liberties of potentially some two million American Muslims. “Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy.” But even before the evening had concluded, Trump went from “Meh” on the whole idea, to all-in. Between campaign stops, when asked by an NBC News reporter to clarify his earlier remarks, Trump said, “I would certainly implement that [database]. Absolutely.” When pressed to explain the difference between his plan and the same sort of registration system used in Nazi Germany prior to World War II, Trump answered the question four times by saying, “You tell me.” He then stopped answering the question. Trump was not the only politician pushing anti-Muslim rhetoric Thursday. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, also running for president, said he would introduce a bill in the Senate to block all Syrian refugees from coming into the U.S. Cruz is the son of a Cuban refugee. Dr. Ben Carson, polling second in the Republican primary, also weighed in on the debate surrounding Syrian refugees by referring to them as “rabid dogs.” “If there’s a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog,” said Carson. “And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way. That doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs.”