Donald Trump has ramped up his rhetoric on whether he would put in place a database to track American Muslims.
The GOP presidential contender leaned into his controversial proposal—first saying that he would consider the surveillance, then saying Thursday night that he “would certainly implement” a database system that would track Muslims in the United States.
“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” Trump said. The media mogul also suggested shutting down some mosques in the U.S. as well as creating ID cards for American Muslims—saying he would take “unthinkable” steps if he became president.
His new posture is not sitting well with many, including his fellow GOP contender Jeb Bush. “You talk about internment, you talk about closing mosques, you talk about registering people. That’s just wrong. I don’t care about campaigns,” Bush said during an interview. “It’s not a question of toughness. It’s to manipulate people’s angst and their fears. That’s not strength, that’s weakness,” Bush said.
A spokesman of a national Islamic group went a step further, comparing Trump’s rhetoric to the lead up to Nazi Germany. Ibrahim Hooper, who is the national spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said “we’re kind of at a loss for words,” adding “what else can you compare this to except to prewar Nazi Germany? There’s no other comparison, and [Trump] seems to think that’s perfectly OK.”