Days after saying he would consider “shutting down mosques” in the U.S. if elected, Donald Trump doubled down on an anti-Muslim agenda by suggesting Muslims in America be issued special IDs, while also commending former New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly’s Muslim surveillance program.
“Some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule,” Trump told Yahoo News in an interview.
“Certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy,” he added. “We’re going to have to do things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.”
Trump went on to say that, if elected, he would deport Syrian refugees who were admitted to the country under President Obama, including children.
“They’re going to be gone. They will go back. … I’ve said it before, in fact, and everyone hears what I say, including them, believe it or not,” Trump said of the refugees. “But if they’re here, they have to go back, because we cannot take a chance. You look at the migration, it’s young, strong men. We cannot take a chance that the people coming over here are going to be ISIS-affiliated.”
When asked by if this meant issuing special identification cards to Muslims in America or creating a nationwide database to monitor them, Trump did not say no, saying “we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely.”
Many on Twitter made the connection between special IDs and the yellow star badges that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany.
On Monday, Trump said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe U.S. would have “absolutely no choice” other than to shut down mosques when “some bad things happen.”
“You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on in the mosques,” he said.
Read the whole interview with Trump, which covers his plan to secure the Latino vote and the current campus protest movement, here.