WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says the country should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims in the United States as a terrorism-fighting tool.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says other countries use profiling and “it’s not the worst thing to do.”
In an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump said, “I hate the concept of profiling, but we have to start using common sense” and “look at it seriously.”
Profiling is the government practice of targeting people for investigation based factors such as their race, religion or nationality. Civil libertarians have decried the practice as discriminatory.
Trump says that in the age of international terrorism, it’s a matter of choosing “common sense” over “political correctness.”
Trump also said the government should investigate mosques in the U.S. in much the same way the New York Police Department’s Demographics Unit spied on Muslims and mosques around the city with help from the CIA. The group assembled databases on where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed, infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques and monitored sermons.