Sanders: Trump’s Muslim Database Idea ‘Outrageous and Bigoted’
Bernie Sanders blasted Donald Trump over Twitter on Friday for his plan to force Muslims to register in a special database and to carry ID.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 20, 2015
“I would certainly implement that,” he said on Thursday. “[The database] would stop people from coming in illegally. We have to stop people from coming into our country illegally.”
The Hill reports:
Trump says the measures are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks by Islamist militants such as the massacre in Paris, which left at least 129 people dead.
Trump also argued that such a registry would have the force of law and Muslims would be mandated to identify themselves.
“They have to be,” he said. “They have to be.”
Critics have pounced on the idea, likening it to Nazi Germany’s treatment of minorities.
Trump has deflected questions about whether he saw such comparisons.
“You tell me,” Trump repeatedly responded when asked.
The other 2016 Democratic contenders have also denounced Trump’s idea.
“This is shocking rhetoric,” tweeted Hillary Clinton, the party’s current front-runner for 2016, on Friday. “It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country.”
“When you hear people like Donald Trump talking about wanting to do ID cards based on religion, what the hell is that?” asked former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) on Friday. “I mean, how is that at all American?”
Several of Trump’s rivals for next year’s GOP presidential nomination have also criticized his remarks, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas).
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