Trump Calls for Mandatory Database on US Muslims
'I would certainly implement that,' he says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2015 2:34 AM CST
Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Des Moines Area Community College's Newton Campus on Thursday in Newton, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Matthew Holst)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump voiced support Thursday evening for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the US—the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris. "I would certainly implement that. Absolutely," Trump said between campaign events in Newton, Iowa, according to video posted on MSNBC.com. He said Muslims would be signed up at "different places," adding: "It's all about management." Asked whether registering would be mandatory, Trump responded: "They have to be." Trump said earlier this week that the US was "going to have no choice" but to close certain mosques because "really bad things are happening, and they're happening fast."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement Thursday condemning Trump for what the group described as "Islamophobic and unconstitutional" comments targeting American Muslims and Syrian refugees. They also criticized Trump rival Ben Carson, who on Thursday compared blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the US to handling a rabid dog. "If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson told reporters at a campaign stop in Alabama. "It doesn't mean you hate all dogs, but you're putting your intellect into motion." (The House has voted to make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the US.)