Donald Trump’s suggestion that all Muslims should be closely monitored, identified and tracked in a Muslim database seems to be too extreme even for his fellow right-wing Republicans.
Trump’s suggestion to register all Muslims has been compared to Nazi Germany’s program to register Jews.
When asked how his plan was different from Hitler’s he simply replied “You tell me.”
U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz blasted Trump for suggesting such an expansion to big government.
“I’m not a fan of government registries of American citizens,” said Cruz. “The First Amendment protects religious liberty and I’ve spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American.”
Do not think that Cruz has tempered his stance on Muslim’s however. He still holds extremist views which he made clear Thursday night on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News.
“There is a religious philosophy in Islamism that encourages them to lie to carry out jihad,” Cruz argued, “and if you look at Islamism, it is a theocratic and political ideology that says they are compelled to use violence and force to murder anyone that doesn’t share their radical faith or to forcibly convert them.”
Despite running a struggling campaign, and having a gaff of his own last week concerning Syrian refugees, Jeb Bush concisely explained what was wrong with Trumps plan.
“It’s manipulating people’s angst and their fears,” he said. “That’s not strength. That’s weakness.”
Even more damning was Ohio Governor John Kasich.
“The idea that someone would have to register with the federal government because of their religion strikes against all that we have believed in our nation’s history,” Kasich said in a statement. “It is yet another example of trying to divide people, one against the other. Donald Trump is unable to unite and lead our country.”
[Associated Press] [Raw Story] [Salon]