Trump may be a walking clusterwhatsit, but he says out loud what voters think

Donald Trump’s support for a government database to track Muslims in the United States is drawing sharp rebukes from his Republican president rivals as they try to distance themselves from a proposal that legal experts say is unconstitutional.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called the prospect of a registry “abhorrent.” Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said the idea was “unnecessary” and not something Americans would support. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticising Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said, “I’m not a fan of government registries of American citizens.”

“The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I’ve spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American,” Cruz told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

The criticism Friday came after Trump, the real estate mogul who is the Republican presidential front-runner, voiced support for a mandatory database for Muslims in the US while campaigning in the key early voting state of Iowa the previous day.

Trump was asked by an NBC News reporter about the prospect of a database and whether Muslims would be required to be registered. In a video posted by the network, Trump said, “They have to be.”

Asked whether Muslims would have to register at mosques, Trump said: “Different places. You sign up at different places. But it’s all about management.”

In an interview on Fox News Channel on Friday evening, Trump tried to clarify his position. “I want a watch list for the Syrian refugees that (President Barack) Obama’s going to let in if we don’t stop him as Republicans,” he said.

He said he had trouble hearing the NBC reporter’s questions. But he did not disavow the idea of a general registry for Muslims living in the country or say decisively he would not support it.

“I want to have watch lists. I want to have surveillance. I mean, we’re not a bunch of babies,” he said.

Trump has also voiced support for closing certain mosques as a way to contain the terrorist threat in the US.

What is so offensive about keeping track of people that pose a potential threat to our way of life?  Why do we let them congregate and plot against us?

Our rules, laws and morality work very well when they are followed by most of us.  But when you have a group of people intent on never complying with them, we need rules, laws and morality that deals with that problem specifically.

Agree or disagree with Trump – he says things that a lot of people agree with and career politicians don’t have the guts to admit they agree with as well.


– AP via Stuff

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.