Presidential candidate Donald Trump was once again asked this past weekend by a reporter on live TV if he will throw people into internment camps.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News’ This Week stated “So let me ask you, you said that Islam is at war with us. A lot of people wonder, given some of your proposals, whether or not you would go the next step towards internment camps. And I know you’ve never proposed that.”
“Would you categorically rule out the idea of internment camps for American Muslims?” Karl asked Trump.
“I would rule it out.” Trump replied.
He expanded on the subject by saying “…but we would have to be very vigilant. We’re going to have to be very smart.”
“We’re going to have to be very rigid, very vigilant. And if we’re not very, very strong and very, very smart, we have a big, big problem coming up. We’ve already had the problem. Check out the World Trade Center, OK.”
“Check out the Pentagon,” Trump continued. “We’ve already had the problem… I would say you have to be extremely strong. You have to keep your eyes open.”
Trump also called on Muslims in the US to report “bad acts” being planned and carried out within their communities.
“Muslims in our country have to report bad acts, OK? When you look at what happened in Europe, in Brussels, where many, many people knew this thug from last week, was living right in the midst of them, right only a few doors down from where he was living previously, they knew he was there. Nobody reported him.” Trump urged.
Internment camps is a subject that Trump has been forced to fend off several times in interviews.
Back in December, at the height of the “muslim ban” controversy Trump was asked about the camps set up for Japanese Americans under Franklin D. Roosevelt, and if he advocates a similar concept.
Trump flatly denied he would ever instigate such camps, saying of Japanese Americans “They stripped them of their naturalization proceedings. They went through a whole list of things; they couldn’t go five miles from their homes. They weren’t allowed to use radios, flashlights. I mean, you know, take a look at what FDR did many years ago and he’s one of the most highly respected presidents.”
The notion has not gone away, however, partly due to talking heads, such as Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn, who earlier this month declared to a live CNN panel that Trump will institute internment camps and suspend habeas corpus.