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Trump suggests ‘profiling’ Muslims

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on the day several states held presidential primaries, including California, at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., on June 7, 2016. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump, who has proposed a moratorium on Muslim immigration into the United States and possible surveillance of mosques, is now talking about “profiling” Muslims as a response to terrorism.

“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump said on CBS’ Face The Nation.

While adding that “I hate the concept of profiling,” Trump said that “we have to start using common sense and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads.”

Screen Shot 2016-06-19 at 2.32.37 PMProfiling is an oft-criticized law enforcement tactic. The National Institute of Justice — the research and development of the Justice Department — defined racial profiling as a “practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.”

African-Americans and Hispanics have long protested police profiling that ranges from traffic stops to questioning about alleged crimes.

Trump has stepped up comments about “radical Islamic extremism” in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, and his proposals have drawn criticism from opponents.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Muslim migration ban and other proposals would help the Islamic State and other extremists recruit new members, and alienate Muslim nations who are helping the U.S. fight terrorism.

Trump’s approach “is un-American,” Clinton said last week. “It goes against everything we stand for as a country founded on religious freedom. But it is also dangerous.”

In his CBS interview, Trump said Israel and other nations use profiling. “We’re not using common sense,” he said.

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  • “we have to start using common sense and we have to use, you know, we have to use our heads.”

    And that means someone who is [not Trump]. Let’s profile all white men with wildly strange reddish blonde things living on their heads. They’re very dangerous to America’s Bill of Rights.

  • When your children or grandchildren are killed in a radical Islamic bombing or shooting or other method your mind may change.

  • Profiling doesn’t work and is counterproductive. All it does is create situations where an entire community is radicalized. Rightfully so as it is literally the government attacking their civil liberties of a community in an obvious way. Plus it promotes laziness. All real terrorists have to do is recruit against the profile.

  • I was up close and personal in NYC with 9/11. I still think it is a boneheaded idea.
    It doesn’t work. It only makes bigots feel better. It gives a false sense of security. It undermined serious efforts to combat terrorism. We do not fight extremists by acting like them.

  • Thank you, I guess. I didn’t go anywhere. I was just done commenting on those posts.