We suppose that overtaking fellow Republican candidate Ben Carson has emboldened Donald Trump to make even more radical statements than his normal controversial comments. The Donald suggested he would “strongly consider” shutting down mosques in the U.S. as part of the response to the terror attacks in France.
“Well, I would hate to do it but it’s something you’re going to have to strongly consider,” Trump said during an interview on MSNBC. “Some of the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. The hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understands.”
Trump may have gotten his cue from France’s interior minister who declared he would pursue the “dissolution of mosques where hate is preached.”
Trump also blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his decision last year to halt a covert New York City Department’s intelligence program used for surveillance on Muslim communities.
“You’re going to have to watch and study the mosques,” Trump said, “because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques…Under the old regime we had tremendous surveillance going around and in the mosques in New York City.”