The Note: What Would Donald Do?

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump backs a federal database to track Muslims, but not gun sales.

On Thursday, “The Rachel Maddow Show” attempted to follow up with GOP front-runner Donald Trump about his comments regarding the creation of a database for American Muslims — a fear-mongering policy suggestion so similar to those enacted by the Nazis prior to the Second World War that host Rachel Maddow acquired tapes of the original exchange to be sure that the candidate’s words were not being taken out of context. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump voiced support Thursday evening for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States — the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris. “I would certainly implement that. The original tape revealed that the suggestion came from the reporter, Yahoo News’ Hunter Walker, and that Trump was merely agreeing with him — however, when NBC News’ embed on the Trump campaign, Vaughn Hillyard, later asked the candidate to clarify his statements, Trump openly espoused the idea Walker had suggested. “There should be a lot of systems,” Trump said, “and today we can do it. On Monday, for example, Trump told MSNBC that he would grudgingly have to “strongly consider” using government power to shut down American houses of worship as part of an anti-Muslim agenda. In a separate statement to The Washington Post, however, Trump expressed his opposition to another controversial database: One that would index America’s gun sales.

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was confronted about the scheme – which would see Muslims given a form of identification that notes their religion – by a reporter from NBC News while signing autographs after a rally in Iowa. The database of Muslims arose after an interview Yahoo News’s Hunter Walker conducted with Trump earlier this week, during which he asked the Republican front-runner to weigh in on the current debate over refugees from Syria. He was then asked four times by another reporter how his plan for a Muslim database would be different from Nazi Germany’s laws that required Jews to register. While some of his rivals have been chastised by the president for suggesting that Christian Syrian refugees be given preference over Muslims, Trump has gone further in his rhetoric, advocating new restrictions on civil liberties and enhanced surveillance activities, including inside mosques.

The Republican candidate wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday: “Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the US. Is there a difference between the two?” Trump declined to answer these, saying only, “You tell me.” Hillyard pressed him, asking “Should Muslims be fearful? He also suggested he would consider warrantless searches, according to the outlet, saying: “We’re going to have to do things that we never did before.” Asked by reporters Thursday night to explain his Yahoo comments, Trump suggested his response had been misconstrued. “I never responded to that question,” he said. The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Thursday condemning Trump for what the group described as “Islamophobic and unconstitutional” comments targeting American Muslims and Syrian refugees.

WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL.” Mr Trump is not the only Republican candidate to have made provocative remarks about Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks. Trump insists that he is a strong supporter of the National Rifle Association and of gun rights, but apparently he hadn’t taken a public position on a federal gun owner database — a proposal strongly opposed by the NRA. When Congress was debating an update to the Gun Control Act of 1968 during the second Reagan administration, the idea of creating a gun registry was fiercely opposed by conservatives. In a 2011 article describing that update, the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act, the NRA’s political action arm described it as “the law that saved gun rights.” Why? John Kasich, announced plans to launch a $2.5 million ad campaign targeting Trump. “There’s a growing consensus that someone has to do something to stop Donald Trump,” said Matt David, a spokesman for the group, who said the campaign would include television, radio, mail and digital ads in New Hampshire.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has supported this absolute truth over and over again.” Proposing a national gun registry is an attempt to create a precedent for interference with the right of every American to own, purchase and use guns for sport or to defend family and property. Why don’t you tell me?” When pressed further on what the consequences might be for Americans who don’t register, Trump walked away and didn’t respond. Trump responded to the news, which was first reported by Politico, by unloading a dozen rapid-fire tweets mocking Kasich’s polling and debate performances and threatened to “sue him just for fun!” if the ads aren’t truthful. Through the process of national gun registering, lawful gun owners will have their privacy invaded and will place information in the hands of government officials that could be easily abused.

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