Citing that 25 percent of Muslims believe violence against Americans is justified “as part of the global jihad,” GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump redoubled his rhetoric from earlier on Monday regarding efforts to fight Muslim extremism, promising to defend vigilant Americans from profiling.
“When we see violations, you have to report those violations, and quickly. Don’t worry about profiling — I promise I will defend you from profiling,” he said at a campaign stop on the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
The real estate mogul read from a statement released by his campaign earlier in the day which called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
He then summoned another statistic indicating that 51 percent of Islam’s adherents “agree that Muslims in America should have the choice to be governed by Sharia law.”
“People that believe only in jihad. They don’t want our system, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” he continued.
As Trump further laid out his suggestions for handling radical Islam, a heckler in the crowd attempted to yell over him, soliciting mercy from the Republican poll topper.
“So we have to do something. Now, we can be weak, we can be ineffective, we can be foolish (objector calls him “racist”) … I’m sure he’s a nice person, I’m sure he can be reasoned with … be very nice.”
Trump reiterated his contention that guns would have been the difference maker in recent terrorist sieges of Paris and San Bernardino.
“If some of the people in those places where it was absolute slaughter had guns, you wouldn’t have had the carnage you had in Paris … it was like target practice … same thing a few days ago in California,” he said.
“We didn’t have guns, the bad guys had the guns … I keep telling the press, you have to stop calling them masterminds. These are dirty, rotten scum.”
Referencing Bill Gates and others within the tech sector, Trump insisted, “We have to talk to them, maybe in certain areas, closing the internet up in some way” to hamper communications and recruitment among the diffuse terrorist community. Trump then combined a previous call for vigilance with a slap at Syed Farook, one of the two shooters in the San Bernardino massacre.
“[Farook’s wife Tashfeen Malik] radicalized the guy … he probably couldn’t get women … those days are over. We have to be tough, we have to be smart, we have to be vigilant.”