Donald Trump on Monday called for profiling of refugees and immigrants “from that part of the world” after this weekend’s attacks in New Jersey, New York and Minnesota.
“Israel has done an unbelievable job and they will profile,” Trump said in a phone interview on “Fox and Friends.” “They profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in and check out. Do we have a choice? Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re trying to be so politically correct in our country and this is only going to get worse.”
This weekend saw an explosive injure 29 in Manhattan, explosive devices discovered in Seaside Park and Elizabeth, New Jersey, and a stabbing attack at a St. Cloud, Minnesota mall that injured nine. As of Monday morning, ISIS had taken credit for the stabbing in Minnesota, which was carried out by a Somali man who has lived in the U.S. for 15 years, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had labeled the Manhattan bomb an act of terrorism.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the incidents, while Hillary Clinton said it was “important to know the facts” before making assumptions.
Trump did not take the same view, attributing all of the incidents to “radical Islamic terrorism.”
“You never solve the problem if you are afraid to use the real name. This is radical Islamic terrorism,” he said on Fox News.
“We’re allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people,” Trump said, accusing President Barack Obama and Clinton of allowing “hundreds of thousands” of refugees to “pour into” the U.S. “We’re allowing these people to come in. We don’t want to—we don’t want to do any profiling. If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person and say, ‘I’m sorry,’ because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break.”
This is not the first time Trump has said that law enforcement should profile individuals from countries with a “history of terrorism.” After Omar Mateen killed 49 people at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June, the real estate mogul said racial profiling was “something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.”
He has not clarified how this profiling would apply to immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for years, like the suspect in the Minnesota stabbing, or U.S. citizens like Mateen.