Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has voiced support for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States — the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris.
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump told a reporter between campaign events Thursday in Newton, Iowa, according to video posted on social media.
He said Muslims would be signed up at “different places,” adding, “It’s all about management.”
Asked whether registering would be mandatory, Trump responded, “They have to be.”
The latest comments come less than a week after the deadly attacks on a concert hall, sports stadium and restaurants in Paris that have elevated fears of attacks in in the US and prompted calls for new restrictions on Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn country.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Friday condemned Donald Trump’s comments that Muslims in America should be registered in a data base.
Clinton took issue with his Thursday night remarks, which appeared to draw comparisons with Nazi Germany. “This is shocking rhetoric. It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country,” Clinton wrote on Twitter.
Fellow Republican and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Trump’s proposal “abhorrent.” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Trump was trying to “divide people.” And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticizing Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said that while he was a fan of the billionaire businessman, “I’m not a fan of government registries of American citizens.”