Republican nominee Donald Trump has said he is open to deporting Seddique Mateen, the father of mass shooter Omar Mateen, even though he is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
During a Milwaukee town hall moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity filmed on Aug. 16 and then released on Aug. 17, Trump voiced an oppenness to racial profiling to curb terrorist threats in the U.S., Talking Points Memo reports.
“Whether it’s racial profiling or politically correct, we better get smart,” Trump told Hannity. “We are letting tens of thousands of people into our country. We don’t know what the hell we’re doing.”
Trump had first called for racial profiling after Omar Mateen gunned down 49 people at the gay nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando, Florida on June 12. The business mogul stated that profiling was something the U.S. would have to consider to thwart future attacks.
“Other countries to do it ... And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads,” Trump told CBS News on June 19. “It’s not the worst thing to do.”
During his talk with Hannity, the GOP nominee repeated his claim that Muslim-Americans were harboring terrorists within their communities.
“We have to be so tough and so smart and so vigilant, and, frankly, the Muslims have to help us, because they see what’s going on in their community,” Trump said. “We don’t see it. They have to help us. If they are going to help us, they are to blame also.”
In June, FBI Director James Comey had fired back against Trump’s assertion that Muslims were not reporting terrorist threats within the communities, stating that the opposite was true.
“They do not want people committing violence, either in the community or in the name of their faith, and so some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim,” Comey said, according to Reuters.
Hannity referenced Seddique, the father of Omar Mateen, asking “What do we do when we find somebody that has extreme views? Do we throw them the hell out?”
It was not clear whether or not Hannity meant throwing Seddique out of a political rally or out of the U.S., but Trump’s response was swift.
“I’d throw him out,” Trump said. “If you look at him, I’d throw him out.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had been criticized when Seddique was visibly present during one of her rallies in Florida on Aug. 8, CNN reports.
A Clinton aide stated that Seddique “wasn’t invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event.”