TEL AVIV – In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, the United States should consider adopting the Israeli model of profiling as a security precaution, Donald Trump posited on Sunday.
“Well I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump said in a phone interview with CBS’ Face the Nation. “Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads.”
“It’s not the worst thing to do,” he added.
Israeli-style profiling typically refers to giving extra scrutiny to those who fit certain terrorist profiles, including individuals who look like they could come from hotspots plagued by Islamic extremism or who appear to be possible Islamic extremists. Israel is also known to profile for suspicious behavior regardless of appearance or background.
Host John Dickerson further petitioned Trump if Muslims buying ammunition should be given extra scrutiny.
The following is a transcript of that exchange:
DICKERSON: When you talk about political correctness, should a Muslim buying ammunition and weapons get extra scrutiny?
TRUMP: I don’t know about that.
I think, right now, we have some pretty big problems. And there are problems coming out of radical Islamic — the radical Islamic groups. You have a very, very strong group of people that is radical Islamic, and that seems to be a problem.
DICKERSON: And you said you would check respectfully the mosques. How do you respectfully check a mosque?
TRUMP: Well, you do as they used to do in New York, prior to this mayor dismantling.
By the way, if you go to France right now, they’re doing it in France. In fact, in some instances, they are closing down mosques. People don’t want to talk about it. People aren’t talking about it. But look at what they’re doing in France. They are actually closing down mosques.
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.