In wake of Orlando nightclub massacre, GOP nominee calls for heightened scrutiny of Muslims, pointing to Israel as 'successful example'.
Speaking over the phone to “Face the Nation” on CBS Sunday morning, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump called for increased scrutiny of Muslims in the US following a terror shooting in an Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 wounded.
While prominent Democrats, including President Obama, have called for stricter gun laws after the massacre, Trump argued the US needs to improve its tracking of potential terrorists, citing Israel as a “successful” example.
Blaming what he characterized as “political correctness” for the failure of law enforcement authorities to investigate radical mosques, Trump said that profiling Muslims, while unpleasant, may be necessary.
“I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump said, noting that “other countries do it”, highlighting the example of Israel.
“[Y]ou look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it. And they do it successfully.”
“I hate the concept of profiling. But we have to start using common sense, and we have to use — we have to use our heads.”
Citing security procedures at his campaign events Trump suggested profiling for potential terrorists would increase the efficacy of the kinds of screening measures already in place.
“We had tremendous numbers of people coming into a speech I was making. And people that obviously had no guns, had no weapons, had no anything… they were going through screening. And they were going through the same scrutiny, the absolute same scrutiny as somebody else that looked like it could have been a possible person. So, we really have to look at profiling. We have to look at it seriously.”
“And other countries do it. And it's not the worst thing to do. I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense. We're not using common sense.”
According to recent polls, however, the boost Trump received after effectively clinching the nomination appears to have ended, according to recent polls.
Trump, who had surged in May following the withdrawal of rival GOP candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich from the race, has lost ground to likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
While the real estate mogul and reality TV star led Clinton in four head-to-head matchup polls in May, he trails her in each and every survey released in June.
The two were in a statistical dead heat just a few weeks ago, but Clinton has now taken a sizable – though not insurmountable – lead over Trump in the past few days.
A Bloomberg poll released on Tuesday showed the former Secretary of State leading Trump by a whopping 12 points, 49 to 37. According to theRealClearPolitics average of polls, Clinton leads Trump by 5.6 points, after Trump led Clinton in late May by 0.2 points.
The Huffington Post rolling average of polls was only marginally better for Trump, showing the businessman trailing Clinton by 5.1 points on average, compared to 1.3 points in May.
What’s behind the sudden shift in the polls? Two factors are likely at work. First, Trump’s attacks on a Hispanic judge assigned to a class action lawsuit against Trump University, including insinuations that the judge’s Mexican heritage precluded him from ruling fairly on the case alienated even staunch Republicans.
Senior GOP officials rebuked the presidential nominee, with House Speaker Paul Ryan going so far as to call Trump’s attacks textbook racism.
A7 Staff (INN)