Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Donald Trump Muslim Database Plan Slammed by Jews as Un-American

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump confirmed his support for a database to track American Muslims.

Asked about a statement earlier in the week that he was open to the idea, Trump confirmed Thursday night that he would move to require Muslims to register with the government if he were elected.

“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely,” Trump told NBC News in between campaign stops in Iowa.

“There should be a lot of systems beyond databases,” he added. “We should have a lot of systems.”

Asked how his system would differ from what the Nazis did to the Jews, Trump said repeatedly: “You tell me.”

Trump’s comments were widely condemned by his rivals for the presidency as well as by religious leaders.

Rabbi Jack Moline, the former director of the National Jewish Democratic Council, compared Trump’s position to the Nazis.

“This is exactly why there is an America, to not be like that,” Moline told NBC.

Jeb Bush, who is trailing Trump in polls for the Republican nomination, said Friday Trump’s comment is “just wrong.” Hillary Clinton, who is favored to win the Democratic nomination, said in a tweet that that Trump’s comment is “shocking rhetoric.”

Engage

  • SHARE YOUR FEEDBACK

  • UPCOMING EVENT

    SKY & SCULPTURE

    Hybrid: Online and at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Oct 2, 2022

    6:30 pm ET · 

    A Sukkah, IMKHA, created by artist Tobi Kahn, for the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan is an installation consisting of 13 interrelated sculpted painted wooden panels, constituting a single work of art. Join for a panel discussion with Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Chief Executive Director of the Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Talya Zax, Innovation Editor of the Forward, and Tobi Kahn, Artist. Moderated by Mattie Kahn.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.