Donald Trump Calls for Surveillance of ‘Certain Mosques’ and a Syrian Refugee Database


Donald J. Trump spoke in the course of a campaign cease Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. Credit Eric Schultz, by way of Related Press

Donald J. Trump stated Saturday that he would order surveillance of â??certain mosquesâ? to combat terrorism after the Paris attacks and claimed to have watched as â??thousands and thousands of folks have been cheeringâ? while the Globe Trade Center towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.

In a rally at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complicated in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Trump, who is in search of the Republican presidential nomination, dismissed accounts of his apparent assistance for creating a registry of Muslims in the United States as an effort by the news media to entrap him. He then seemed to clarify that concept on Saturday, saying he wanted a database of refugees getting into the nation from Syria and adding, to cheers, â??I want surveillance of particular mosques, O.K.?â?

â??Weâ??ve had it ahead of and weâ??ll have it again,â? he added. Mr. Trump has lately spoken of the New York Police Departmentâ??s use of informants in mosques soon after the Sept. 11 attacks.

It is unclear regardless of whether a database of Syrian refugees would be markedly different from the records currently being kept in screening by federal agencies. But Mr. Trump, the leading Republican candidate in some polls, has been probably the most strident of all the contenders on the issue of regardless of whether to accept refugees following the Paris attacks, raising the possibility that some extremists could slip in amongst them and telling the crowd Saturday that should he win the presidency, the refugees are â??going back, we canâ??t have them.â?


A protester was removed by safety as Donald Trump spoke for the duration of a campaign cease on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala. Credit Eric Schultz, via Related Press

Earlier this year, Mr. Trump said that accepting a restricted quantity of refugees from Syria was a humanitarian decision.

Possibly the most striking comment of the day was his recounting of the Sept. 11 attacks as he talked about the safety landscape considering that the Paris massacre:

â??Hey, I watched when the Planet Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of men and women were cheering as that developing was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering. So somethingâ??s going on. Weâ??ve got to find out what it is.â?

It was not clear what Mr. Trump was referring to. There had been cheers of assistance in some Middle Eastern countries that day, which were broadcast on television. But a persistent Net rumor of Muslims celebrating in Paterson, N.J., was discounted by police officials at the time. A search of news accounts from that period shows no reports of mass cheering in Jersey City.

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Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the response of Muslim-Americans on Sept. 11 was disgust.

â??I know simply because I wrote it,â? he mentioned of the councilâ??s reaction, adding that if Mr. Trump had evidence of cheering, he ought to present it.

Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, would not elaborate on his comments his aides have repeatedly declined to make him offered to address the controversies over some of his statements. Ms. Hicks stated only that Mr. Trump had drawn an â??unprecedentedâ? crowd of 10,000 in Birmingham, adding, â??Mr. Trumpâ??s speech was excellent and unbelievably effectively received.â?

Given that the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists, which killed 130 individuals, the national mood has turned against admitting refugees from Syria, exactly where the Islamic State has taken control of certain areas, a poll by Bloomberg Politics showed final week. And Mr. Trump has been riding a wave of anger and mistrust of government and politicians because he entered the race in June.

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Mr. Trumpâ??s calls for surveillance came following he mentioned earlier in the week that he supported closing some mosques. He has not been alone in creating such calls a top donor to Hillary Rodham Clinton also urged such surveillance in the wake of the Paris attacks. The donor, Haim Saban, later stated he had misspoken.

The rest of Saturdayâ??s speech was a classic Trump efficiency, a crowd-pleasing stream of boasts, humor and mockery. Referring to George E. Pataki, the former New York governor who has been lagging badly in polls and was 1 of a number of opponents to seek airtime from NBC right after Mr. Trump hosted the networkâ??s â??Saturday Evening Reside,â? he said: â??They could give him 12 â??Saturday Evening Lives,â?? an hour and a half a evening â?? not going to have any effect.â?

At 1 point for the duration of the rally, a protester whom Mr. Trump known as to have ejected â?? â??Get him the hell out of right here,â? he ordered security guards â?? was punched and kicked by some attendees, CNN reported.

The protester, who wore a shirt saying â??Black Lives Matterâ? and refused to leave the rally, was hit by roughly a half-dozen attendees, CNN said. The police told the network that the man had not essential health-related attention.

Ms. Hicks did not respond to an e mail asking about the removal of the protester.