Trump, Carson ratchet up heated rhetoric about Muslims

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump’s Call for Muslim Registry Denounced by Democrats.

NEWTON, Iowa — Donald J. WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would implement a database to keep track of Muslims in the United States as part of his immigration policy. Trump’s remarks Thursday that he would “absolutely” institute mandatory registration of Muslims drew broad condemnation from Democrats on Friday, but little in the way of response from Republicans as the Paris terror attacks pulls the party further to the right on the issue of immigration and letting refugees into the country.

Trump, interviewed by NBC News after a campaign appearance in Iowa on Thursday night, was asked how a database tracking Muslims differed from efforts last century to track Jews in Nazi Germany, and said: “You tell me.” His comments come amid renewed security concerns following the Islamic State attacks in Paris last week that killed at least 129 people and US plans to take in 10,000 refugees from Syria. On Tuesday, he went a little further, saying that when it comes to the government closing religious institutions, “We’re going to have no choice.” When Trump sat down with Yahoo News, and a reporter raised the possibility of registering Muslims in a government database or creating special forms of identification for Muslim Americans, Trump responded, “We’re going to have to – we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely.” There is, of course, a significant difference between failing to answer a specific question directly and making an explicit policy pronouncement – which is why Trump’s comments last night were so important. The Republican-led US House of Representatives passed a measure on Thursday to halt Syria refugees but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto the bill.

Other Republican presidential candidates have backed such efforts, including Trump’s closest Republican rival in the polls, Ben Carson, who likened Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs” who would put the country at risk. That’s weakness.” Leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for a tougher stance against Islamic State even as she backed Obama’s decision to resettle as many as 10,000 refugees fleeing Syria.

It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country.” The post was signed with an “H,” signaling that the candidate, and not her staff members, had written it. 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.

I’m going to skip the “has he finally gone too far” analysis because, let’s face it, that question has come and gone, over and over again, in recent months. Trump, who sits atop the most recent national polls, signified the enormous risk his words pose for a party whose leaders in Washington are focused on trying to reach to an emerging electorate of minority voters, but whose conservative base largely is against efforts to reform the immigration system in ways that would make it easier for people without legal status to remain in the country. But that does not mean the mainstream political world should simply roll its eyes, shrug its shoulders, and laugh this off as “Trump being Trump.” The idea of the federal government creating a registry of a religious minority, requiring Americans to enter some kind of federal database, is as disgusting an idea as has been offered by any major-party presidential candidate in generations.

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