Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday morning criticized Donald Trump’s comments that the U.S. may need to close mosques and create a database of Muslims in the country.
“That’s just wrong,” Bush said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” about Trump’s proposals.
Trump said in an interview published on Thursday that he would not rule out the creation of a database of Muslims, and has also said the U.S. may need to shut down mosques in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. Trump then confirmed to NBC News on Thursday night that he would “certainly” implement a tracking system for Muslims.
When asked on CNBC what happens if a presidential candidate does not look tough enough when responding to the attacks, Bush suggested that Trump’s comments were a display of “weakness.”
“It’s not a question of toughness. It’s manipulating people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength. That’s weakness,” Bush said. “And look, campaigns are important, for sure — we’re electing a president — but there are things that are important as it relates to the values we have as a country that make us special and unique.”
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