In an appearance on CNN this morning, Donald Trump defended his comments about banning all Muslims from entering the US, and was asked straight up if he was a fascist.
‘New Day’ host Chris Cuomo told Trump that his political rivals have been galvanized into agreeing that Trump’s idea “is un-American, it’s extreme and it makes you a fascist.” He then asked Trump to respond.
“Well, I totally disagree,” said Trump. “You take a look, Chris, at what’s going on, and it is disgraceful.”
Saying that too many Americans have forgotten what happened on 9/11, Trump urged “I have no doubt that we have no choice but to do exactly what I said until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
“We have a problem in this country. You look at Paris, you look at the carnage that took place in Paris, but look at Paris beyond that. Paris is no longer the beautiful, gorgeous city with all — Paris has a tremendous amount of problems. They have areas in Paris that have been radicalized, where the police refuse to go in and look at it.” Trump stated.
Cuomo then accused Trump of presuming that Americans are “too afraid to be inclusive” of Muslims living in the US, while claiming French people have adopted an attitude of tolerance, despite recent strong gains for the far right National Front party in French elections.
“No, I’m making us look strong, Chris,” Trump argued back. “Don’t tell me about Paris — Paris is under tremendous siege. They are absolutely in fear in Paris. Don’t tell me Paris is not.”
Trump then pointed out that the shooters in San Bernardino last week were able to carry out their attacks because neighbours did not report them for fear of seeming politically incorrect.
“There were pipe bombs laying all over the floor, they had other people that knew what was going on, Chris, and nobody reported it. They used the excuse they didn’t want to be racial profilers, they wanted to be politically correct.” Trump said, adding “By the way, the people that said, I think in their own way, they’re guilty. The mother knew, the parents knew, everybody knew. Now even his father is under watch.”
Trump warned that unless his proposals are heeded, there will be more attacks in the US.
“We have a problem in this country, and we should solve it,” Trump said. “You’re going to have many more World Trade Centers if you don’t solve it — many, many more, and probably beyond the World Trade Center.”
“I don’t understand how you can see banning an entire religion as a way of saying anything other than, ‘We are what ISIS says we are — we want a war against Islam,’” Cuomo said.
The two then argued back and forth about statistics of Muslims who say they support carrying out acts of violence against Americans, with Cuomo labeling Trump’s assertions as those of a “conspiracy theorist.”
The segment concluded with Cuomo arguing that ‘diversity is America’s greatest strength,’ and Trump disagreeing, saying that ‘common sense’ is projecting him to the top of the polls.
“I know what has to be done, and we don’t want to have a situation like Paris. We don’t want to have another World Trade Center — which, by the way, they tried to knock down twice. The first time they were unsuccessful. We don’t want that, Chris. We need intelligence in this country, we need a certain toughness in this country, or we’re going to end up like a lot of places, and we’re not going to have a country left.” Trump stated.
In a further appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Trump stated that “We have no choice but to do this,” regarding his banning Muslims plan.
The billionaire GOP front runner argued that “What I’m doing is no different than FDR,” likening his proposal to policies implemented by Roosevelt against people of Japanese, Germans and Italian descent during World War Two.