As he has done several times in recent months, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cited Israel as his example for the success of “profiling” in the prevention of terror attacks.
In a phone interview Monday on “Fox and Friends,” Trump said he would “knock the hell out of” terrorist groups.
Trump said that police “are afraid to do anything” to stop attacks like the bombing in New York.
“You know, our police are amazing,” he told Fox News. “Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling.”
Trump cited Israel as a model for the US to emulate. “You know in Israel, they profile. They’ve done an unbelievable job, as good as you can do.”
He said Americans are reluctant to follow Israel’s example due to political correctness, “and this is only going to get worse.”
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Trump also repeated his call to crack down on immigration, a central theme of his campaign.
He said: “This isn’t just something that I developed overnight” because of the attacks. “I knew this was going to happen,” he added.
In June, in the wake of the Orlando attack, Trump also called for profiling.
In the age of international terrorism, it was a matter of choosing “common sense” over “political correctness,” he said in an interview on CBS.
African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and other minorities in the United States have complained bitterly for decades about profiling, in which police use a person’s race, religion, national origin or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting them of committing a crime.
Trump also took credit for predicting current events, once again, after he had declared that the cause of Saturday’s New York explosion was a bomb before authorities had publicly said so.
He told “Fox and Friends” that, “I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news.”
Trump also said he believes there’s a foreign connection to the attack.
It is unclear whether Trump obtained his information from some sort of briefing. His campaign has declined to say.
Trump is also saying that people who publish bomb-making instructions in magazines and on websites should be arrested “immediately.”
He said: “They’re making violence possible.”