Wednesday 21 February 2018

Trump wants police to racially profile all Muslims in US

Donald Trump has weighed in again on Muslims. Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump has weighed in again on Muslims. Photo: Reuters

Ruth Sherlock

Donald Trump has claimed that he "predicted" the New York bombing and called for police to begin racially profiling Muslims living in the United States.

Mr Trump made little distinction between Muslims and Islamic fundamentalists as he called for all followers of the faith to be banned from the country. He said that America, under the leadership of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, had "coddled" extremists.

The billionaire said: "Once again, someone we were told is okay turns out to be a terrorist. How did he get through the system?"

He claimed that police forces "know who a lot of these people are" but that "they are afraid to do anything because they don't want to be accused of profiling".

Mr Trump said: "We are trying to be so politically correct.

"Refugees from Syria, over 10,000 plus, more coming, lots of young males, poorly vetted. They're bringing, in many cases, vicious cancer from within. We're not winning the war, they're winning the war."

Mr Obama, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, said Americans must remain "tough and resolute". He said: "They want to inspire fear in all of us and disrupt the way we live, and undermine our values. We all have a role to play as citizens in making sure that we don't succumb to that fear. We will not give in to fear."

Mrs Clinton rejected Mr Trump's comments, warning that his rhetoric was only likely to drive more supporters' into the ranks of Isil. She said extremists were rooting for Mr Trump to win the White House.

Irish Independent

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