Donald Trump advocated for police to do more “profiling” during an appearance on Fox News Channel on Monday, and rival network CNN falsely added the word “racial” when reporting his quotes.
“Our local police — they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling,” the GOP presidential candidate said, but stopped short of using the word racial – although CNN viewers wouldn’t know that tidbit. The network added the word “racial” in front of the word “profiling” when reporting the story on both TV and CNN.com, according to The Hill.
“The word racial should not have been in quotes,” a CNN spokesperson told TheWrap.
“Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re trying to be so politically correct in our country, and this is only going to get worse,” Trump said. “And I’ve been talking to you guys for years and I’ve been saying it … This is only going to get worse. And what I said is you have to stop them from coming into the country.”
It is illegal for U.S. police to profile people based on their race.
Trump’s comments came after Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested on Monday by local and federal law enforcement in New Jersey following a shootout with police. Police named Rahami as a suspect in the bombing after he was spotted on surveillance footage near the site of the bombing that injured 29 people, as well as the site where a pressure cooker bomb was discovered by police before it could be detonated.
A pipe bomb also exploded Saturday in New Jersey before a charity race for Marines and sailors, but no one was injured. Five explosive devices were also found near an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station.