Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claims that the U.S. will have to forcibly shut down an unspecified number of mosques, citing that the country has “absolutely no choice" after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks committed by the Islamic State group.
The business mogul’s firm stance on the matter is an escalation from his Nov. 16 position, when he said he would merely “strongly consider” shutting down mosques, Politico reports.
During a Nov. 17 interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump said that “some bad things are happening” at Islamic places of worship in the U.S. While he did not offer any specific examples, the presidential candidate insists that it will be crucial to fighting terrorism.
“Nobody wants to say this and nobody wants to shut down religious institutions or anything, but you know, you understand it,” Trump told Hannity. “We’re going to have no choice."
"There’s absolutely no choice," he added. "Some really bad things are happening and they’re happening fast -- certainly a lot faster than our president understands, because he doesn’t understand anything. He doesn’t get it; refuses to even call it by its correct name.”
Part of Trump’s critique of the Obama administration and the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are their refusal to characterize the Islamic State group as “radical Islam.”
Current Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said the U.S. is “at war with radical jihadists, not Islam,” trying to make a clear distinction between the terrorist group, which numbers in the thousands, and the over 1 billion Muslims across the world, The Hill reports.
Trump had called for government surveillance of mosques on Nov. 16, claiming that “we have to be much tougher; we are going to have to give up certain privileges that we’ve always had,” reports The Boston Globe.
Trump has described his more controversial policy proposals as a matter of “having no choice” before. During the Nov. 10 Republican debate hosted by Fox News Business, Trump used the ultimatum rhetoric to pitch his plan of deporting roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants.
“Dwight Eisenhower. You don’t get nicer, you don’t get friendlier … they moved 1.5 million people out,” said Trump, referring the Eisenhower administration’s “Operation Wetback,” The Washington Post reports. “We have no choice. We. Have. No. Choice.”
Trump also criticized the Obama administration’s refusal to turn away the 10,000 Syrian refugees scheduled to be accepted into the U.S. within the fiscal year. He told Hannity, “We don’t know where they come from, we don’t know what their crime record is ... it could be wonderful, it could be a disaster,” according to Politico.
Trump vows that if he is elected president, the Syrian refugees are “going out.”