But now Trump appears to have specifically endorsed a mandatory database for Muslims in America:
Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, told NBC News on Thursday night that he “would certainly implement” a database system tracking Muslims in the United States.As MSNBC's (non-embeddable) video shows, Trump is asked, by reporter Vaughn Hillyard, "Should there be a database system that tracks the Muslims here in this country?" The following video picks up with Trump's response:
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said in Newton, Iowa, in between campaign town hall events....
When asked whether Muslims are legally obligated to sign into the database, Trump responded, “They have to be — they have to be.”
TRUMP: There should be a lot of systems, beyond database. We should have a lot of systems. And today you can do it. But right now we have to have a border, we have to have strength, we have to have a wall, and we cannot let what's happening to this country happen anymore.Now, there's Trump's escape hatch if he decides to walk this back. Hillyard has asked about a database to track "Muslims here in this country," and Trump seems to be talking about Muslims coming into this country. But if the two are them are speaking at cross purposes, Trump never tries to pin Hillyard down on what he's asking, even though he's been on the spot about oppressive measures for much of a day. Clearly Trump doesn't have any problem with your belief that he would do these things.
HILLYARD: But that's something your White House would like to implement.
TRUMP: Oh, I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.
HILLYARD: What do you think the effect of that would be? How would that work?
TRUMP: It would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally.
Hillyard goes on to ask, "Do you go to mosques and sign these people up?" And Trump replies, "Different places. You sign 'em up at different--" Can he really not know there that Hillyard is asking about Muslims already living here?
Well, maybe. But if you don't think Trump is planning to oppress citizens, then you think he's incapable of processing a not particularly fine distinction like this. Even that, in a potential president of the United States is frightening.
Here's what follows:
Later, Trump was repeatedly asked to explain the difference between requiring Muslims to enter their information into a database and making Jewish people register in Nazi Germany. He responded four times by saying, “You tell me.”He doesn't even get it. Does Trump think imposing Nazi-style restrictions on U.S. Muslims is okay, or is he incapable of seeing how the two policies resemble each other? Evil or stupid?
Well, good for Hunter Walker for starting this conversation. Yes, he asked leading questions, but now we've seen all this from Trump. Too bad it will probably push him to 40% in the GOP polls.