In the wake of double bombings in New York and New Jersey this weekend, the United States is on edge as the arrested terror suspect is assumed to be a 28-year-old Muslim from New Jersey who was born in Afghanistan.
On Monday morning, GOP candidate Donald Trump suggested that New York and New Jersey police weren’t vigilant enough about ethnic and religious profiling, BuzzFeed reported. His logic? “Our country’s been weak,” he said over the phone to Fox Monday, in reference to immigration.
Speaking to “Fox & Friends,” Trump explained in his usual way which surpasses all political correctness that police simply aren’t doing enough when it comes to targeting suspected terrorists.
He said, with specific reference to police in New York and New Jersey, “Our local police: they know who a lot of these people are. They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling. And they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things.”
Trump continued, drawing a comparison to Israeli law enforcement, which is widely known to “accidentally” kill Palestinian youth due to profiling.
He said, “You know, in Israel they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job—as good as you can do… [If] they see somebody suspicious, they will take that person in to check out.”
The Republican candidate used fear-mongering to solidify his suggestion, which is largely founded on Islamophobia and racism. He said, “Do we have a choice? Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? This is only going to get worse.”
Trump’s request for more profiling goes hand-in-hand with his support for reinstating the Patriot Act and allowing the NSA to retain bulk cell phone metadata, both which promote profiling of average Muslim Americans under the guise of preventing terror.
While violent acts of terrorism are undoubtedly becoming a greater concern in the U.S., further cautionary steps need to be carried out at local levels to prevent radicalization of Muslims. But, profiling by law officials is not the answer. Neither is Trump’s repeated conflation of Muslims with terrorists, the notion that Islam and Western lifestyles are incompatible, and having the sentiment that that “Islam hates us.”
Speaking on Monday, Trump gave his two cents about how the U.S. can prevent radicalization and terrorism, but he never once mentioned education or interfaith dialogue as solutions.
Rather than offering methods of handling the source of terror threats, the GOP presidential candidate called for more policing. Trump said that since terrorist groups publish instructions on how to make bombs, "we should arrest the people [who sell these magazines], because they're participating in crimes."
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