Rubio On Closing Mosques: We Should Close Any Place ‘Where Radicals Are Being Inspired’

November 20, 2015 10:57 a.m.

When asked on Thursday night about Donald Trump’s comments that the U.S. may need to shut down mosques in order to prevent terrorist attacks, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) did not criticize the real estate mogul’s remarks and argued that the U.S. needs to target any establishment that facilitates terrorists.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Asked Rubio about Trump’s statement that the U.S. may need to close mosques.

“Well I think we need to target radicalism — a lot of it is actually happening online, not simply in mosques,” Rubio said in response. “The vast majority of mosques in America are not…”

“But the mosque piece of it is the controversial piece, so where do you stand on that?” Kelly jumped in to ask.

“Well, I think it’s not about closing down mosques. It’s about closing down any place, whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an internet site, any place where radicals are being inspired,” the senator said. “The bigger problem we have is our inability to find out where these places are because we’ve crippled our intelligence programs.”

“So whatever facility is being used — it’s not just a mosque — any facility that’s being used to radicalize and inspire attacks against the United States should be a place that we look at,” Rubio added.

When asked about Trump’s comments about shutting down mosques and creating a database of Muslims in the U.S., former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that those ideas are “just wrong.”

Watch the interview via Fox News. Kelly asks Rubio about mosques at the 4:50 mark.

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: