Date
25 March 2017
Donald Trump pumps up the crowd in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump told CBS the US should start considering more racial profiling after the Orlando mass shooting. Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump pumps up the crowd in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump told CBS the US should start considering more racial profiling after the Orlando mass shooting. Photo: Reuters

Trump wants more racial profiling after Orlando shooting

Republican Donald Trump favors more racial profiling int the wake of last week’s mass shooting in Orlando which killed 49 people, citing Israel and other countries.

“You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it and they do it successfully,” Trump told CBS.

“And you know, I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense,” he told Face the Nation, according to Reuters.

“I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.”

He was responding to whether he supports greater law enforcement scrutiny of Muslim Americans after the Orlando mass shooting.

Trump made similar comments in December about profiling, the targeting of specific demographic groups for extra scrutiny, after a Muslim American and his wife killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

Last week, Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for the Nov. 8 election, sparked criticism from many in his party for his comments on American Muslims after the June 12 Orlando attack in which a US-born Muslim man killed 49 people at a gay nightclub.

In a speech on national security on Monday, Trump stood by his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States and proposed a suspension of immigration from countries with “a proven history of terrorism.”

He also said the Muslim community had to “cooperate with law enforcement and turn in the people who they know are bad.”

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has said the comments show Trump is unfit to be president.

The Florida gunman, Omar Mateen, was born in the US to Afghan parents.

During a three-hour siege at the club, he expressed support for Islamic State but officials believe he was “self-radicalized”.

In his interview on Sunday, Trump said there were “red flags” around Mateen, who had been investigated twice by the FBI but ultimately cleared.

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.

Police in France closed some mosques shortly after gunmen aligned with Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris in a series of attacks on Nov. 13.

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