Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thinks Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is a communist and that the U.S. is going to have to take drastic measures to battle Islamic extremism within its borders.
He said that, and a lot of the other things, in a recent interview with Yahoo Politics.
One thing he promised is that he isn’t slowing down in his campaign for the White House.
“I always want to think of myself as an underdog. I never want to think of myself as even leading,” Trump said.
But leading he is. At least according to a Bloomberg Politics poll released on Nov. 19, which shows Trump with 24 percent support nationwide.
Although respondents to that poll said overwhelmingly they thought contender Ben Carson had a better temperament to be president, they expressed more confidence that Trump would be tough on terrorism.
It’s a message Trump has doubled down on in the days following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13.
“The tragic attacks in Paris prove once again that America needs to get tough on radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump says in a new radio ad, which, according to The Daily Caller, is set to run in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. “President [Barack] Obama and other politicians have consistently failed us.”
Trump told Yahoo Politics “security is going to rule” in the U.S. if he becomes president. If he is elected, he said he would deport any Syrian refugees allowed to enter the country under President Obama.
“They’re going to be gone,” he said. “They will go back ... I’ve said it before, in fact, and everyone hears what I say, including them, believe it or not. But if they’re here, they have to go back, because we cannot take a chance. You look at the migration, it’s young, strong men. We cannot take a chance that the people coming over here are going to be [Islamic State group]-affiliated.”
Yahoo Politics also asked about a push for increased surveillance of American Muslims and if Trump thought that could include warrantless searches. He said he wouldn’t rule it out.
“We’re going to have to do things that we never did before. And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule. And certain things will be done that we never thought would happen in this country in terms of information and learning about the enemy. And so we’re going to have to do certain things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago.
“We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
As for the more immediate task of getting to the White House, Trump said he isn’t thinking much about Democratic contenders, but he does think Hillary Clinton will win her party’s nomination.
“I haven’t put my sights on Hillary yet. We have 15 people in the race. We had 17. We have 15 people in the race and my sole focus is the 15 people right now,” he said of the crowded Republican race for nomination.
As for Clinton’s main rival, Sanders, Trump dismissed the self-described democratic socialist as “over.”
“I think he’s a communist. I think he’s actually a communist with a socialistic bent,” he said. “Anybody that would say that the Paris attacks were caused by global warming, there’s something missing. Even the most ardent global-warming believers aren’t buying that one.”
The Defense Department released a report in 2014, predicting climate change would be a “threat multiplier,” Yahoo Politics reports.
Trump took the time to chime in on entertainment news, declaring singer Taylor Swift “terrific,” rapper/music producer Jay Z a “good guy” and actor Charlie Sheen as “sad.”