Donald Trump believes profiling should be “seriously” considered in an effort to stop radical Islamic terrorism in America. During an interview on Face the Nation, the presumptive Republican nominee said he is advocating for
“common sense” over dangerous political correctness.
“It’s not the worst thing to do,” Donald Trump said when talking about profiling potential terrorists. “I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense and look at it seriously.”
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Trump previously said a temporary ban on Muslims should be imposed until the United States background check and vetting system is revamped and free from massive flaws noted by FBI Director James Comey. The outsider presidential candidate received intense backlash, and was even deemed a racist, when calling for the temporary ban in an effort to help fight radical Islamic terrorism in the United States. The idea was also dubbed profiling by his opponents.
The act of profiling occurs when a governmental entity “targets” a specific person or group of people for investigation based upon their race, religion, or nationality, Fox News notes. Some feel the practice is at least discriminatory or, at worst, racist.
“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.” -Donald Trumphttps://t.co/Dmz6c86KWt
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During the CBS Face the Nation interview, Donald Trump also said other nations, such as Israel, successfully engage in profiling activities in efforts to keep their citizens safe.
Here’s an excerpt from the Trump profiling interview.
“When you look at, when you look at people within the Muslim community and where people are living and they don’t report, and a good example of that would be San Bernardino. I mean, they had bombs all over their apartment floor and people saw it and nobody reported them, and 14 people were killed, many injured.”
The presumptive Republican nominee went on to say a multitude of “red flags” pertaining to the Orlando shooting terrorist existed before the tragic mass shooting at the popular gay bar in Florida.
“You look at his past, I mean? I’ve never seen a past quite like that,” Trump said when referencing Omar Mateen. “You look at his record in school, you look at a lot of other things. There were a lot of red flags, this was not a very good young man.”
A former classmate of Mateen’s claimed the Orlando terrorist was kicked out of school shortly after cheering the 9/11 terror attacks. According to the fellow student, Mateen allegedly made plane crashing into building noises and motions with his hands while riding the school bus.
Donald Trump is speaking with the NRA for further input about the ongoing debate about people who are on the terror watch list being able to buy a gun. After the Orlando shooting Hillary Clinton began saying individuals on the terror watch list and under investigation by the FBI should not be permitted to buy guns.
Omar Mateen had been investigated by the FBI after co-workers claimed he had made strange, racist, or threatening remarks which caused them concern. During the two investigations into Mateen, he was cleared and removed from the watch list several years before the horrific nightclub massacre. During the heated debate about Democrats rushing to levy more gun control laws after the shooting, many pointed out that Clinton herself is currently under investigation by the FBI.
“We understand there are problems with that because some people are on the terror watch list that shouldn’t be on,” Donald Trump also said. “So I’m working with the NRA, we’re discussing it and again the NRA has the best interests of our country, it just has the absolute best interests of our country.”
Second Amendment supporters are concerned about abuse of the terror watch list and flaws in the federal system. According to a Free Beacon report, there have been at least 72 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees also placed on the terror watch list. The FBI has to investigate when a complaint is made – potentially meaning any disgruntled ex-spouse, angry co-worker, or unhappy neighbor could phone the agency claiming concerns and cause a citizen’s gun rights to at least temporarily be stripped away.
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