GOP hopeful Donald Trump suggests criminal profiling for Muslims

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Published 19.06.2016 19:48
Updated 19.06.2016 19:54
Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on June 18, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP Photo)
Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally on June 18, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP Photo)

Donald Trump says the country should "seriously" consider profiling Muslims in the United States as a terrorism-fighting tool.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says other countries use profiling and "it's not the worst thing to do."

In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Trump said, "I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense" and "look at it seriously."

His comments came in a discussion on the Orlando nightclub massacre by shooter Omar Mateen, who is Muslim, and past comments by Trump to the effect that if elected president in November he "respectfully" would place mosques under surveillance.

Trump asserted that Israel practices racial profiling, and that France also places mosques under surveillance.

"They're doing it in France. In fact, in some instances, they're closing down mosques. People don't want to talk about it. People aren't talking about it. But look at what they're doing in France. They're actually closing down mosques," Trump asserted.

Profiling is the government practice of targeting people for investigation based factors such as their race, religion or nationality.

African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and other minorities in the United States have complained bitterly for decades about the practice, while civil libertarians have decried the practice as discriminatory.

Trump says that in the age of international terrorism, it's a matter of choosing "common sense" over "political correctness."

He has already infuriated many in America by calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country and by saying Mexico sends rapists and drug dealers across the border into the United States.

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