Trump suggests racial profiling and says of Omar Mateen’s father, ‘I’d throw him out’
In case there was any doubt that Donald Trump was going to keep charting his own, controversial course for the remainder of the 2016 campaign, he erased it in an interview airing Wednesday night.
Speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity during an hour-long town hall that was recorded Tuesday and aired Wednesday, Trump opened the door to racial profiling in order to prevent terrorism.
Trump called for Muslims to help root out terrorism and suggested he would be in favor of profiling to stop terrorist attacks in the United States. He said Muslims bear responsibility for not proactively flagging potential terrorists.
“And frankly, the Muslims have to help us, because they see what’s going on in their community,” he said, according to a transcript, adding: “And if they’re not going to help us, they’re to blame also.”
Trump proceeded to repeat his dubious claim that neighbors saw bombs in the apartment of the San Bernardino, Calif., attackers’ home and then said racial profiling might be in order.
“But look, we have — whether it’s racial profiling or politically correct, we’d better get smart,” he said. “We are letting tens of thousands of people into our country. We don’t know what the hell we’re doing.”
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