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Edited by Nelly Tawil
The presumptive Republican candidate in the US presidential election Donald Trump, has suggested the country should consider using racial profiling to combat crime. Profiling uses ethnicity, race and religion to determine whether a person has or is likely to commit crimes.
When asked on CBS whether he supported more profiling of Muslims in America, Trumps response was this “I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country.”
“You look at Israel and you look at others, and they do it and they do it successfully. And you know, I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense,” he added.
Trump has urged the implementation of harsher policies following last week’s mass shooting in Orlando. The Republican candidate wasted no time in calling for a ban to people from all countries with a history of terrorism against the US. He had previously expressed support for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country.
The presidential candidate also reiterated his support for more scrutiny of mosques, claiming that could resemble a controversial New York City surveillance program that has been shut down.
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, voiced her own opinions on Trump’s comments, declaring it a demonstration of the Republican nominee’s unsuitable role for leadership.
House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Trump but has said a Muslim ban is not in US interests. In excerpts of an NBC interview released on Friday, Ryan said Republicans weighing whether to vote for Trump should follow their “conscience.”
Trump brushed off the criticism on Sunday and said he would put up his own money for his campaign if needed. “It would be nice if the Republicans stuck together,” Trump said in an ABC interview. “I can win, one way or another.”