Trump calls profiling Muslims ‘common sense’
Reuters | 6/24/2016, 9:21 a.m.
Republican Donald Trump said Sunday that the United States should consider more racial profiling in response to a question about whether he supported greater law enforcement scrutiny of Muslim Americans after the Orlando mass shooting.
“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Mr. Trump told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it and they do it successfully. And you know, I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense,” he said when asked if he supported increased profiling of Muslims in America.
Last week, Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for the Nov. 8 election, sparked criticism from many in his party for his comments on Muslim Americans after the June 12 Orlando attack, in which a U.S.-born Muslim man killed 49 people at a gay nightclub.
Mr. Trump also reiterated his support for more scrutiny of mosques, saying that could resemble a controversial New York City surveillance program that has been shut down.
“If you go to France right now, they’re doing it in France. In fact, in some instances they’re closing down mosques,” he said.