Candidate for the U.S. Presidency, Republican Donald Trump has called for a database and ID cards for U.S. Muslims.
Protests have been held across the nation amid outrage at Trump’s Nazi like plan, which is in conflict with the First Amendment.
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Trump was branded ‘abhorrent’ after he said on Thursday that he supported registering Muslims, with comparisons made between his plan and the way Jews were treated in Nazi Germany.
Meanwhile Ben Carson was also accused of creating a ‘toxic environment’ for Muslims after he compared Syrian refugees to ‘rabid dogs’.
Demonstrators in Washington and Vermont called for Trump and other Republican presidential candidates to relax their stance towards refugees.
Both candidates’ comments came in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, where some of the Islamists involved are believed to have entered Europe posing as Syrian refugees.
Protesters rallied in Olympia, Washington, on Friday, calling for the United States to do more to help refugees fleeing civil war and ISIS in the Middle East.
They chanted ‘racists go home’ at a counter-demonstration by a group demanding tougher restrictions on refugees entering the country.
There were similar clashes in Montpelier, Vermont, where those supporting refugees vastly outnumbered those rallying against allowing Syrians into the country.
Meanwhile in Lincoln, Nebraska, a special Thanksgiving dinner was held for the Yazidi community there, which is the largest in the county.
The Kurdish group mixed with others from the local area, tucking into their meal in a room adorned with banners that read ‘#RefugeesWelcome’.
The protests came a day after Trump said he would force Muslims to register on a federal database in the wake of the Paris attacks.
He was branded ‘abhorrent’ and accused of creating a ‘toxic environment’ for Muslims after he voiced support for the idea.
Comparisons were immediately made to the registration of Jews in Nazi Germany by one Muslim group.
Asked whether he would implement a register and ID cards for Muslims, Trump said: ‘I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,’
Trump told an NBC News reporter between campaign events in Newton, Iowa, that Muslims would be signed up at ‘different places’, according to video posted on MSNBC.com.
Asked how he would actually implement his plan, the billionaire said: ‘It would just be good management… It’s all about management.’
Trump said registration would be mandatory but refused to explain whether Muslims would be punished for refusing to do so.
What else can you compare this to except to prewar Nazi Germany?
Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations
NBC News reports:
NEWTON, Iowa — Donald Trump “would certainly implement” a database system tracking Muslims in the United States, the Republican front-runner told NBC News on Thursday night.
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump said in Newton, Iowa, in between campaign town halls.
“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems.”
When asked whether Muslims would be legally obligated to sign into the database, Trump responded, “They have to be — they have to be.”
On Friday morning, Trump rival Jeb Bush called the comments “just wrong.”
“You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people. That’s just wrong. I don’t care about campaigns,” he said on CNBC. “It’s not a question of toughness. It’s to manipulate people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength, that’s weakness.”
Hillary Clinton also denounced Trump’s statement on Twitter.
This is shocking rhetoric. It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country. -H https://t.co/qs2TJI5spu
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2015
Ibrahim Hooper, national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, sounded incredulous when he was asked about Trump’s comments, telling NBC News: “We’re kind of at a loss for words.”
“What else can you compare this to except to prewar Nazi Germany?” Hooper asked. “There’s no other comparison, and [Trump] seems to think that’s perfectly OK.”
Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the nonprofit Interfaith Alliance, drew the same comparison Thursday night.
“My father was in World War II, and he fought to preserve America against what the Nazis were doing,” Moline told NBC News.
“This is exactly why there is an America, to not be like that,” he said.
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) November 20, 2015
Trump was repeatedly asked to explain how his idea was different. Four times, he responded: “You tell me.”
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