In the wake of the deadly act of terrorism in San Bernardino, California, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thinks that the country should track and racially profile Muslims and their families.
Asked by Face the Nation host John Dickerson how the country could prevent another deadly shooting like this from happening again, Trump responded, “I think there can be profiling.” The presidential candidate further noted that “everybody wants to be politically correct,” but insisted “You have people that have to be tracked. If they’re Muslims, they’re Muslims.”
DONALD TRUMP: If they thought there was something wrong with that group and they saw what was happening, and they didn’t want to call the police because they didn’t want to be profiling, I think that’s pretty bad. People are dead. A lot of people are dead right now. So everybody wants to be politically correct, and that’s part of the problem that we have with our country.
JOHN DICKERSON: Have people been too politically correct with Muslims in America?
DONALD TRUMP: I think so, I think so, and with maybe other things too, but I think certainly so. And, as you know, I came out with, ‘I want vigilance. I want real vigilance.’ And whether it’s mosques or whatever it has to be. But a lot of bad things are happening.
JOHN DICKERSON: But this idea of tracking Muslims in America. That’s the thing. Where are you on that?
DONALD TRUMP: …You have people that have to be tracked. If they’re Muslims, they’re Muslims. But you have people that have to be tracked. And we’ve better be — I use the word vigilance. We have to show vigilance. We have to have it. And if we don’t, we’re foolish people. You know, we’re really — we’re being led by people that don’t know what’s happening. When you have President Obama talking about global warming is our biggest problem, we have a president that is just not with it at all.
Trump added that he didn’t believe that the sister of one of the shooters was unaware of the plot, noting that families know “exactly what was going to happen.”
The idea of racially profiling Muslims is not new for Trump. Last month, the GOP presidential front-runner said that he wouldn’t rule out warrantless searches and increased surveillance of Muslims. He also stated that he would be open to registering Muslims in a special database or requiring that they carry identification identifying their faith. On Thursday, Trump said that the San Bernardino shooters weren’t reported “because of racial profiling.”
On the same show, Chris Christie, another Republican presidential candidate, said, “we don’t need to be profiling in order to get the job done. Increased surveillance, creating relationships with mosques and the Muslim-American communities across the country. We did that after 9/11 and prevented attacks in New Jersey and all across the country.”
Many of this country’s three million Muslims are already racially profiled. For instance, they are singled out at the airport, their emails are monitored, they’re watched when they go to grocery stores, and they’re under extreme surveillance when they attend services at local mosques.