On Monday, Donald Trump did not waste to share some controversial remarks connected with the recent terror attacks. Trump is running for the American presidency as a Republican candidate. Trump is not new to to controversy so his remarks do not come as a shocker. Trump said that if it were up to him, he would strongly consider closing down mosques.
Donald Trump was being interviewed MSNBC’s show ‘Morning Joe’ when he made these comments. Barely two days after ISIS orchestrated a successful series of attacks in Paris, France on the night of 13th Friday. The attacks left at least 189 dead people and more than 200 people injured.
While on the show, Trump was asked what he would do to protect American citizens, that is not currently being carried out. In his response, he suggested monitoring and studying of mosques carefully in America. He expressed his concerns on the issue, stating that during George W Bush’s presidency mosques in New York were monitored. He called out President Barack Obama for allowing cutting out this surveillance. The New York City Mayor, Bill de Basio last year stopped the NYPD program which conducted surveillance on persons belonging to the Muslim community.
Donald Trump further pointed out that the government of France has suggested the shut down of all mosques after the attacks. He was asked by Scarborough, the show’s co-host, if he would consider making the same move if he was elected as president. Trump replied that he would strongly consider closure of mosques. He gave his reasons for this saying that a lot of hatred is preached in mosques.
The hosts brought to his attention that such a decision would cause an undesirable reaction. It would also breed hatred from members of the population affected by it. Donald said that already there exists unfathomable hatred. He expressed that he is saddened that the current situation and stereotype against Muslims. He said that the global events have defamed the names of Muslims, who are his acquaintances. Trump agreed that there are few radical Muslims, but they pose great danger to other Americans. He recommended bringing back of intelligence agencies in order to restore vigilance against these Muslims.
Trump has been earlier accused to be anti-Muslim. In New Hampshire, while addressing voters, Trump advised caution while admitting refugees. He said that they might be a terrorist army for ISIS disguised as refugees. In an early interview, he failed to correct a man who described President Barack as being Muslim. His silence sparked debate people claiming he was against those who profess Islam. He defended himself, saying he was under no obligation to defend the president. Trump has also posted controversial posts on Twitter and other platforms, that fuel these accusations. One specific post on his Twitter handle says that Christians need to rise up since their religion is at stake.
However, despite all these political controversies Donald Trump strikes, he is still leading as the favorite candidate as dictated by opinion polls. His radical views are regarded as the pushing factor behind his campaign.