Trump Says US Should Consider Profiling Muslims

By Kellman, Laurie | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 20, 2016 | Go to article overview

Trump Says US Should Consider Profiling Muslims


Kellman, Laurie, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


WASHINGTON * Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States should "seriously" consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, the latest example of the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting increasingly backing positions that could single out a group based on their religion.

"We really have to look at profiling," Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation." "It's not the worst thing to do."

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee added that he "hate(s) the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense." The statements are consistent with Trump's other, long-expressed views on how to stop terrorism in the United States, including a temporary ban on foreign Muslims from entering the country until the U.S. can figure out "what is going on."

Trump has doubled down on this approach since Omar Mateen carried out the mass shooting on June 12 at a gay club in Orlando, Fla. Forty-nine people were killed in the attack, which stoked a mix of fears about terrorism, guns and violence against gays.

Mateen's motive isn't clear, but a letter from the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Mateen wrote on Facebook that "real muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the west." He also pledged allegiance to Islamic State, his ex-wife said he was mentally ill and his father suggested that gays had angered him.

Trump's response to the tragedy was, in part, a pointed confrontation with Muslims, who he singled out for knowing where terrorists are and not turning them in to authorities. In the same speech, he also expanded his ban on Muslim immigration to include people from regions with a history of terrorism.

On Sunday, Trump also said the government should investigate mosques in the U.S. in much the same way the New York Police Department's Demographics Unit spied on Muslims and mosques around the city with help from the CIA. The group assembled databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed, infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informers in mosques and monitored sermons, the Associated Press reported in 2011. …

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