Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a campaign rally Saturday that refugees are mostly “young, strong men” and questioned why they weren’t fighting for their country instead of coming to the United States.
Trump, speaking from a campaign rally in Tennessee, addressed President Obama’s plan to allow Syrian refugees into the U.S.
Trump, who had previously supported the admittance of Syrian refugees walked back those statements this week. He continued to oppose the idea at the campaign rally for fear of the security risks.
“I’m looking the other day and other people have noticed this too. And they’re all men. It’s like, where are the women? Now, Not all, but they’re mostly men. Right? And they’re also very strong men,” Trump said. “These are not people. The first thing I said is, ‘these are men strong, strong men. Why are they not back fighting for their country?'”
“If you look at a random sampling, you’ll see tremendous numbers of young, strong men,” he continued. “So, I don’t want to say that it’s for sure. And probably it’s not. That could be ISIS. That could be the enemy.”
Watch Trump’s comments from YouTube user WEThe People: