According to The Huffington Post, presidential candidate Donald Trump recently said that he’d support a database that keeps track of Muslims in the U.S.
“There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” he told NBC News on Thursday. “I would certainly implement that, absolutely.”
NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard asked how that plan would be different from when Nazis tracked Jewish people.
“You tell me,” Trump retorted.
The Nazi government kept meticulous records of the Jewish population through Census data and forced them to wear yellow star badges.
The executive director of the nonprofit Interfaith Alliance, Rabbi Jack Moline, compared Trump’s policies to those of the Nazis in World War II.
“My father was in World War II, and he fought to preserve America against what the Nazis were doing,” said Moline. “This is exactly why there is an America, to not be like that.”
On Thursday, Donald Trump told Yahoo News that the U.S. would have to do “unthinkable” actions concerning followers of the Islamic faith. He said he wouldn’t rule out warrantless searches of American Muslims or identifying them by their religion in a database or on I.D. cards.
However, The New York Times reports that by Friday, Trump was apparently walking back the comments, in an effort to quell the opposition.
In a post on Twitter, Mr. Trump complained that it was a reporter, not he, who had raised the idea of a database for Muslims. Corey Lewandowski, a spokesman for the campaign, insisted that Mr. Trump had been asked misleading questions by an NBC reporter about it. He said he was only thinking about a terrorist watch list.