Republican nominee Donald Trump has called for the racial profiling of refugees and Middle Eastern immigrants following an explosion in Manhattan, New York.
On Sept. 19, Trump asserted that law enforcement should engage in profiling during a phone interview with Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”
“Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are,” Trump said. “They’re afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of profiling.”
On Sept. 17, a bomb went off in Manhattan, injuring 29 people. On Sept. 18, explosive devices were found in two separate spots in New Jersey. Both incidents have been linked to 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports.
The GOP nominee suggested the U.S. mirror Israel’s counterterrorism practices.
“Israel has done an unbelievable job and they will profile,” Trump said. “They profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious ... They will take that person in and check out. Do we have a choice?”
Trump blasted President Barack Obama for allowing refugees fleeing from Middle Eastern conflict the enter the U.S. The business mogul suggested they were Trojan horses for ISIS and described them as a “cancer from within.”
“We’re allowing these people to come into our country and destroy our country and make it unsafe for people,” Trump continued.
The GOP nominee added, “If somebody looks like he’s got a massive bomb on his back, we won’t go up to that person and say, 'I’m sorry,' because if he looks like he comes from that part of the world, we’re not allowed to profile. Give me a break.”
On Sept. 17, shortly after the bombing attack in Manhattan, Trump told his supporters at a Colorado rally that the an explosion had occurred in New York without providing any context. While Trump was criticized for making the announcement, he told Fox News that he was validated by the fallout.
"But what I said was exactly correct," Trump said. "I should be a newscaster because I called it before the news."
Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton called for a strong response from the intelligence community while urging for Americans to not allow Rahimi’s actions to be blamed on all Muslim Americans.
“There are millions of law-abiding, peaceful Muslims,” Clinton said, according to The Daily Beast. “So let’s not get diverted or distracted by the kind of campaign rhetoric we hear coming from the other side. This is a serious challenge. We are well-equipped to meet it.”
Trump has called for racial profiling before. In June, shortly after Omar Mateen shot 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the real estate developer suggested profiling.
“Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully,” Trump said during a presidential forum, according to CBS News. “It’s not the worst thing to do.”
Rahimi was apprehended by law enforcement later on Sept. 19. Officials have yet to determine what had motivated his actions.