By David Aghadiuno Published 06/20/2016 12:08:00 | Views: 2092
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has suggested that the United States should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims as an anti-terrorism measure. In an interview with Face the Nation on CBS, Trump said that profiling Muslims is simply “common sense”.

“We really have to look at profiling,” he said on the show “It’s not the worst thing to do.”

According to him he “hates the concept of profiling,” but said that “common sense” was more a more important than “political correctness”.

Mr. Trump has said that other countries have “successfully” conducted profiling – using personal characteristics or behaviour patterns to make a generalization about a person –using Israel as an example.

Trump has hardened his anti-Muslim stance in the days following the Orlando shooting incident. Following the Florida tragedy, he sharpened his resolve to ban Muslim immigrants and proposed that the US suspend immigration from parts of the world that have “a proven history of terrorism”.

The concept of racial profiling is explicitly against US constitutional policy and Mr. Trump’s new proposals contradict Justice Department policy which prohibits profiling on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity and national origin.

By David Aghadiuno 06/20/2016 12:08:00

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